Botulinum Toxin

Do you want to stay young and look beautiful? The answer is absolutely certain for most of us! Or perhaps all of us! One of the best way to keep our skin beauty and youthful is with Botox Injections. You may hear about Botox everywhere nowadays. As we all know, it’s a relatively simple procedure which lead to an effective wrinkles clearing and of course a more youthful appearance. So, there are not many of us who could deny knowing of the word Botox but how many could honestly say that they fully understand what Botox is? To help with this, we need to step back a few decades to when this substance was first researched and used.

Botulinum ToxinBotox is derived from Botulinum toxin, a form of the deadly Botulism. It has been discovered nearly five decades ago and it was used to treat patients with neurological problems. There is several different Botulinum toxins, ranging from Botulinum Toxin A to Botulinum Toxin G. Botox is the registered trademark for a specific product which is created using one of the seven neurotoxins (botulinum toxin A). Botulinum is caused by the ingestion of the bacteria that is known as Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is actually a neurotoxin protein that is released by the bacteria once ingested. The side effects that are caused by ingesting this neurotoxin can be as serious as paralysis! Although extremely dangerous and often fatal in other forms and concentrations the Botox injections appear to be quite safe as a cosmetic treatment in some parts of the world.

On 21 December 2000, Botulinium Toxin B was approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat cervical dystonia that eases the pain from serious contractions in the shoulders and neck, Trade names for Botulinium Toxin B are Neurobloc in the European Union, and Myobloc in the United States. FDA gave a green light to Botulinium Toxin A or better known as Botox Cosmetic on 15 April 2002 after the discovery about its effectiveness on improving the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). Botox is also used in the treatment of migraine headaches, blepharospasm (involuntary blinking), severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), Achalasia (failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax), etc. However, the term Botox is used widely to describe the facial skin care treatment to reduce wrinkles and fine lines nowdays.

Botox injections work by tightening the skin and muscle so the skin will stay in its contracted position. Unfortunately, over the weeks, the effects of the treatment reduce and the lines and wrinkles return (making the treatment only temporary), therefore you have to return for injections every three or four months. Prices for each individual injection of Botox range from $250 to $500. That’s the price you have to pay for staying young and beautiful with Botox Injections!

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