Botox InjectionsSome people often suffer from autoimmune disease that affects their brain and spinal cord. This condition is known as multiple sclerosis. Usually, it affects women more than men and is common during ages 20–40. However, it may occur at any age. Multiple sclerosis is caused by nerve damage because of inflammation at brain, optic nerve and spinal cord. Other factors may include virus, genetic defect or environmental conditions. The condition may be identified by the symptoms of muscle, bowel and bladder, eye, brain and nerve, sexual urge, speech and swallowing, etc. A doctor may suggest various tests to diagnose the condition.

The treatment for multiple sclerosis may include Botox injections that decrease spasticity related to the condition. Spasticity is nothing but muscle contractions caused as a result of the symptoms. It often varies infections, stress, pain, temperature, position and time of day. During the treatment, Botox is injected using fine needles that may cause minor and temporary discomfort. The results may appear 1–2 weeks after the procedure. The patient is further asked to come for follow-up appointment where they are evaluated whether the treatment is working properly or not.

Botox used to treat wrinkles and fine lines often cause side effects that typically last for 6 months. For people suffering from neuromuscular disorders, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist before undergoing the treatment. In such people, the side effects of Botox may cause cardiovascular problems. It may also cause headache, respiratory infection, temporary eyelid droop, nausea and flu syndrome.

Other side effects of Botox are allergic reactions, difficulty in swallowing, spread of toxins, etc. The allergic reactions may cause itching, rash, red itchy welts, dizziness or wheezing. In some cases, patients have been reported to have difficulty in taking food or drink after undergoing Botox. This is a temporary effect that may get resolved in few days. If Botox is not injected properly, it may cause problems in areas that have not been injected and cause loss of strength, double vision, blurred vision, hoarse voice or loss of voice, trouble in speaking clearly, loss of bladder control and other such problems.

Botox is a type of Botulinum toxin produced by Clostridium Botulinum. Directly injecting a small amount of diluted toxin may cause the muscles to paralyze. Originally used for treat conditions such as dystonia, strabismus, spasmodic torticolic and Blepharospasm, it has also been approved to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.

A Botox procedure may block transmission of Acetylcholine from nerves to muscles that may send a message to the muscle asking it to contract or tense up. Blocking or significantly reducing Acetylcholine may no longer retract the muscle making it relaxed. It may result in smooth and softened wrinkle areas. However, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers may be recommended not to use Botox. It should also not be used by people having neurological disease.

Botox procedure may be used to treat wrinkles on forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes. Though, it may not treat sagging, drooping skin.

In today’s world, everybody wants to look good. As time passes by, wrinkles may appear on their face. People may want to reverse the effects of aging using the cosmetic procedures available. The field of cosmetic surgery has come up with various cosmetic procedures time and again that has helped to enhance the appearance. Before opting for the procedure, the patient may like to discuss Botox questions and answers with the surgeon. Some of the questions are

  • What is a Botox injection?
  • What is a Botox treatment?
  • What is Botox cosmetic?
  • How does Botox work?
  • Are Botox helpful in migraine treatment?
  • Who manufactures Botox?
  • How Botox is used in hyperhidrosis?
  • Where can be Botox used?
  • What are the pros and cons of Botox?
  • Are Botox injections effective?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • How long does the results last?

A surgeon is expected to deal with these Botox questions and answers with great care and ensure that the patient is having complete knowledge about the procedure.

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