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9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Is Botox safe?
Botox is a drug that works by weakening and paralyzing the muscles. It can help in reducing visible wrinkles when it is used in small doses and can be used to treat other muscular conditions.
Botox is a protein created from botulinum toxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The same toxin actually causes botulism. While Botox is considered to be a toxin, when used properly in small doses, it can have numerous uses cosmetically and medically. One of the most popular uses for Botox injections is reducing wrinkles on the skin. Botox can also be used to treat other conditions including crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, excessive sweating and some bladder disorders.
Botox is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which also exists in various natural forms, such as in soil, lakes, forests, and in the intestinal tracts of some mammals and fish.
Once the injection moves from the dermis into the targeted muscle, the nerves are blocked by the Botox. While the brain my fire and signal for the body to move a certain muscle, Botox essentially blocks that muscle from moving. The injected muscle is no longer able to contract. The muscles inability to contract causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. The process also aids in preventing new wrinkles from forming.
Botox remains only where it is injected and does not roam throughout the body. It does not have a systemic effect in this way. It can, however, migrate up to 3 cm from the injection site. In the event that some of the molecules got into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, the cosmetic doses, which are usually less than 100 units, used are substantially lower than the toxic doses required to cause systemic harm. Toxic doses are around 2,500-3,000 units. Many experts agree that these small and diluted doses of Botox are safe.
There are two different types of nerves found in the body. One of the types of nerve makes motion, and the other gives feeling. Botox blocks the synapses of the motion type nerve.
Botox Help Prevent Future Wrinkles
Botox typically lasts about four months, until it dissipates. Once the protein stops functioning, it breaks down into harmless components or amino acids and is either recycled to be used in other proteins or excreted through the kidneys. Botox works longer when it is injected into smaller muscles. When it is injected into larger muscles, it returns more quickly. Fortunately, your body does not build up a tolerance to Botox.
Botox is used to treat a variety of other conditions beyond wrinkles such as migraines, muscular disorders, and some and bowel disorders. It can help treat stiff muscles, muscle spasms, an overactive bladder, or loss of bladder control. In addition, it can be used to stop excessive sweating. Botox blocks the sweat glands in the same way it blocks the nerves. Botox has also been found to be a treatment option for patients who suffer from chronic migraines.
Botox injections are relatively safe when they are administered by a trained and experienced doctor.
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