BOTOX treats wrinkles, and does much more
Sometimes people call BOTOX a lunchtime procedure, because the actual injection takes roughly 10 minutes and it should be possible for you to go about your day as normal immediately afterwards. You may feel a pinch, but there should not be more pain than that. If you are taking BOTOX for wrinkles, you should begin to see results within one to two days. The quality of the results will depend on the skill and experience of the doctor administering the BOTOX, so you should stay away from cosmetic procedures that are cheap or offered at a discount.
The best-known use of BOTOX is, of course, to remove wrinkles from the face. Injections of a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum deactivate and relax the facial muscles, temporarily diminishing wrinkles caused by overuse of these muscles, such as frown lines, laugh lines and wrinkles around the eyes. But it has other uses as well. In the 1980s, doctors began considering using botulinum toxin to treat conditions such as crossed eyes, neck spasms and abnormal blinking. In fact, it was while doing this research that they discovered its tendency to reduce wrinkles. Today, BOTOX is used to treat migraine headaches and excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be reduced by injecting a weaker form of BOTOX into the underarms. This works by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. You should see results within a week of taking BOTOX, and the effect lasts from four to six months — longer in some cases. Studies suggest that it may also work on other areas of the body, but the FDA has not approved its use for these cases.
BOTOX is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In medical tests it prevents up to nine headache days a month. A migraine treatment consists of 31 injections into seven places on the head and neck. Treatments are spaced about three months apart, and the effect can last up to three months. The FDA defines a case of chronic migraine as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more. They have not approved the use of BOTOX to treat headaches that strike less often and do not last as long.
A BOTOX provider in Matthews, NC
One place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner has a lot of experience at working with BOTOX and will make a point of understanding what your goals are in order to develop the right treatment plan for you. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, subscribe today.