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Cosmetic and Medical Uses of Botox

by William Beel
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We frequently come across buzzy ingredients, tricked-out lotions, and new-age potions with tall claims, but there are few tried-and-tested means that transcend trends and get the job done. While sunscreen lotions and retinol have their own following, so do neurotoxin injections.

Botox was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration back in 2002 to temporarily address frown lines between the eyebrows. Since then, it has become the go-to solution to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

What is Botox?

Botox injections are basically muscle relaxers. In small doses, it reduces skin wrinkles and helps in treating few medical conditions.

Botox is a protein derived from Botulinum toxin, which in turn is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is worth mentioning that this is the same toxin that causes botulism. So, Botox is a toxin, but in small doses, it has its fair share of benefits.

The FDA has approved the use of Botox for various treatments such as eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, migraine, and more.

In this post, we’ve tried listing how Botox works and how it is used in the healthcare and the cosmetics industry.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a neurotoxin and targets the nervous system. It disrupts the nerve signaling process that stimulates muscle contraction, thereby causing temporary paralysis. For muscles to contract, nerves release acetylcholine where nerve endings meet muscle cells. It attaches to receptors on the muscle cells causing them to contract. Botox injections hinder the release of acetylcholine, thus preventing the muscle from contracting.

Cosmetic uses of Botox in Montreal

The primary use of Botox is reducing facial wrinkles and it is quite popular. Such is the demand for these that about 7 million people opted for Botox treatment back in 2016! Though the effects are temporary, it still lasts 3-12 months depending on the treatment.

Here are a few treatments that make use of Botox – 

  • Wrinkles between the eyes known as frown lines or elevens
  • Wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet
  • Horizontal creases on the forehead
  • Lines at the corner of the lips/ mouth
  • To treat cobblestone skin on the chin

However, the FDA has only approved Botox injections to be used around the eyes, on the forehead.

Medical uses of Botox in Montreal

Healthcare professionals also use Botox to treat a variety of medical conditions, most of which are related to the neuromuscular system, considering the fact that it can temporarily paralyze muscles.

Botox is approved for use on people above the age of 18 unless otherwise specified. It is used for the following purposes –

  • In treating cervical dystonia that affects the head and causes significant neck pain
  • Blepharospasm or eyelid spasms (also due to dystonia)
  • In treating symptoms of an overactive bladder when anticholinergic medications aren’t of much help
  • Preventing migraine in people who suffer from headaches for at least 4 hours on 15 days or more every month
  • To treat hyperhidrosis or severe underarm sweating
  • In treating strabismus or crossed eyes, in those above 12 years of age
  • To treat upper limb spasticity in anyone above the age of 2

Is it safe to get Botox injections in your 20s?

Preventive Botox indeed helps by stopping the development of deep wrinkles in young females. So, wrinkles don’t become deep-set when you age. As mentioned earlier, Botox is designed to limit muscle movement in certain portions of the face when injected in small doses. When injected, muscles of the area can’t contract and the skin above doesn’t wrinkle.

However, there are risks of using Botox too early in your life. In some cases, it has been found that muscles that have been exposed to Botox at a young age, have later started showing signs of atrophy or muscle weakness.

Where can you get Botox in Montreal?

Botox treatments aren’t just for celebrities. The process is often recommended by leading dermatologists around the globe and is a great way of looking young and avoiding wrinkles. Talk to the dermatologists at Clini-Derma and make an informed decision. Their Botox treatments do not take more than 15-30 minutes and don’t need any prior preparation. Moreover, there is absolutely no recovery time needed for this.

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