Botox is a medication made from botulinum toxin, and one of several brand names on the market. Its uses and roots date back to early 1800s Germany and has grown, especially in the last century, as a hugely popular elective cosmetic surgery. Botox is manufactured for both cosmetic and therapeutic uses, and on December 21, 2000, was FDA approved for the treatment of cervical dystonia. It’s more recent history shows that researchers in the 1950s discovered that injecting overactive muscles with the toxin would cause a decreased muscle activity by blocking the release of acetycholine at the neuromuscular junction. This renders the muscle unable to contract for a period of time. A San Francisco ophthamologist named Alan Scott began applying tiny doses in medicinal ways to cure "crossed eyes" and "uncontrollable blinking", and afterwards marketing it as a drug.
As of 2007, Botox injection is the most common cosmetic surgery, provided by several kinds of doctors, such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, cosmetic physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and medical spas. Botox is also one of the most lethal natural substances known to science, but used wisely can result in amazing cosmetic improvements. On the other hand, it can also be used in the treatments of cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, achalasia, migraine, vocal cord dysfunction, and several other diseases.
On the cosmetic side of Botox, what the patient will basically want to know is that it is a drug injected into wrinkle-causing muscles, making them relax and reducing lines (frown lines, crow’s feet, neck bands, and laugh lines). It is a safe drug, the most widely used procedure in the United States, and its minimal side effects include possible slight bruising, short term headache, tenderness at the injection site, and temporary ptosis or drooping of the eyelid or brow.
To answer some common FAQs, the injection will hurt a little, but there is virtually no down time after the procedure. The patient can get right back to his/her routine. Botox does not freeze the face but rather relaxes the facial muscles and makes them less tense. The procedure takes only about fifteen minutes and results manifest anywhere from two to ten days following treatment. The drug is usually effective for about three to four months and possibly longer after repeated injections. The most common injected areas are frown lines, forehead lines, and crow's feet.
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