The Benefits of Botox

benefits of BotoxBotox is developed from Clostridium Botulinum which is a bacteria naturally found in some types of mammals and seafood. When these foods are cooked to a certain heat level it kills the bacteria, rendering it harmless. In cases where the food is undercooked, the bacteria can multiply and cause a very dangerous toxin which will trigger food poisoning. However, in lesser doses it is used to treat many medical and cosmetic issues. The benefits of Botox are many and still being tested in other areas.

Botox is widely used for medical and cosmetic purposes and Botox in a small dose is not harmful. The mechanism behind the effect of Botox is to paralyze the underlying muscles by blocking nerve impulses to that muscle.

Botox blocks the nerves that cause the specific muscle to contract. If the muscle cannot contract it cannot cause the wrinkle formed by the contraction, thereby smoothing the area and making wrinkles appear to have vanished. In reality, the Botox simply relaxes the muscles that are causing the skin to stiffen and be pulled into a line or wrinkle.

Botox Medical Treatments

Botox has been approved for treating more than 20 medical conditions and there is continuing research to broaden the number of conditions that Botox can treat. Right now it is approved for eyelid spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, migraines, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, and others. It is even used to treat Cerebral Palsy and allergic rhinitis.

Botox is also used to help a condition called strabismus, aka cross-eyes, to be corrected by paralyzing the problem eye so the two are not working against each other and the condition can be cured.

Incontinence is an embarrassing condition where the bladder muscles are not properly controlling the flow of urine from the bladder, meaning activates such as laughing, jumping and other physical activities can cause urine to leak out of the bladder. Another condition, overactive bladder, can cause the frequency of urination to increase and sufferers find themselves always looking for the bathroom wherever they go, and having to frequent the restroom several times a day. This is an inconvenience for both sufferers and their friends and family. Botox used in this matter can last up to four or more months depending on the amount of the toxin used.

With the issue of excessive sweating, Botox can be a long-term treatment, lasting up to two years. This might not sound like a big deal, but for sufferers this can cause social withdrawal due to embarrassment, so two years of freedom from the condition is a miracle treatment.

Cost of Botox Treatments

According to Credit.com in a Personal Finance column by Jeanne Pinder, the average cost for Botox is $328. You may find some higher or lower, but be judicial with choosing a provider who quotes a rock-bottom price for obvious reasons. Some may not care about the cost, and consider it a must-have at any price. The frequency of needed injections to prevent wrinkles from reappearing can be approximately three to six months.

Botox for Men

Research shows that men suffering from an enlarged prostate gland can find relief from Botox injected directly in the prostate for up to one year, versus the effects on wrinkles. This treatment can also improve the instances of urinary tract infection and frequency of urination. Medication for this condition is available but can cause incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Beware

Although a Botox party might sound fun, it can be very dangerous. Never allow anyone to inject you with Botox except a highly qualified doctor in his office. No one knows the potential negative reactions for improper procedures, but it can include swelling, an uneven look, or infection. Don’t risk your life for this. It’s not worth it.

How it’s Done

The Botox injections are done in your doctor’s office. The Botox powder will be diluted with saline and injected into the targeted muscle(s). The drug can take up to 72 hours to take effect, and, in some cases, up to 5 days, but that is rare.

Botox for Beauty

Will repeated injections at regular intervals eventually achieve a long-term result, out-lasting the normal span of repetitive injections?

Because Botox can be quite expensive, many patients hope to reach a place where treatments can be farther apart to save some money. Unfortunately, repeated visits, at regular intervals is the best way to achieve a seamless result. Doctors recommend having a follow-up injection while the results from the first can still be seen. A good beauty regimen will assist in an anti-aging result, as well as always using sunscreen.

The results of Botox are not instantaneous; however, visible improvement in that area should be seen in two to three days. Expect the injection to hold wrinkles for a period of three to four months; beyond that, wrinkles will begin to reappear and another injection will be needed. Although permanent or semi-permanent results cannot be expected, you will notice that deep wrinkles will become less severe over time as the muscle is trained to loosen up.

The main problem areas for patients who seek Botox for the purpose of erasing lines and wrinkles is around the lips (smokers), between the eyes (two vertical lines), around the eyes (aka crow’s feet), at the base of the nose, and horizontal lines across the forehead. All of these areas can make a woman appear older than she is. Many things can contribute to this – sun over-exposure and smoking are just a couple.

Why not investigate how you can look years younger with a few simple injections? You have nothing to lose but your wrinkles.