A Guide To Botox

Written by Leanna Serras

Botox is a purified botulinum neurotoxin which is used clinically as a muscle relaxant, and often injected in very small amounts to treat muscle spasms, and to remove wrinkles. It is a powerful and natural chemical substance produced by bacteria that is commonly present in spoiled foods. Botox was first discovered in 1895 although its many medicinal properties were only unraveled in the last few decades. Botox started to spike in popularity in the early 1980's as the need to maintain flawless, youthful skin became a priority of American women and starlets. It is a procedure that is of continual interest to women around the world in their search for physical perfection.

Botox is a harmful acute toxic substance when inhaled or introduced intravenously into the body. In this sense its poisonous effects could be enough to kill any human if used improperly. Also, it can cause food-borne botulism which is obtained by ingesting food that is contaminated with spores leading to a vegetative bacterium. Its chemical compounds are used clinically for the treatment of wrinkles, because it does not produce the same effect on the skin as it has on body. Botulism is classified into three types, including infant botulism, food borne botulism, and wound botulism. They are all caused by one type of bacterium,clostridium botulinum, and can be fatal. Infant botulism is statistically proven as the most common form but botulism is generally associated with food poisoning.

Botox is used medically to reduce facial and body wrinkles, and is seen as a form of cosmetic surgery. It works by injecting the substance to block nerve impulses temporarily and paralyze muscles that cause wrinkles, thereby stimulating them to relax. Also, botox is used to help cure hyperhidrosis, which is characterized with an excess release of sweat from the sweat glands. In this regard, Botox injections stifle sweating the same way it can make skin smoother for better complexion. Botox treatment can have numerous side effects. Such effects include bruises, pains, redness or swollen scars around treated areas. Headaches and muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, stomach upset, chest pain, speech problems and a high risk of drooping muscles are also possible side effects. Though, most people tend to tolerate it quite well, side effects can occur. The search to look young and beautiful, the increased popularity of cosmetic surgery, its simplicity of procedure and fast results achieved, are behind the motivating factors to the use of Botox injections.

Despite the exploding popularity of Botox treatments and its non-surgical way to eliminate wrinkles, the average price of injections range from $250 to $500. To find someone qualified to do injections, it is advisable to look out for clinics where cosmetic surgeons are willing to undertake initial consultations with you so that there will be an opportunity to ask questions and undergo thorough discussions about the implications of the treatment. In this regard, it is advisable you choose a surgeon who has carried out many Botox procedures.

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