Botox is a neuromodulator that is made of botulinum toxin type-A protein extracted from Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Botox has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. for the temporary treatment of glabellar lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. It is also an effective treatment for a variety of neuromuscular diseases including excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, and continuous muscle spasms in the eyelids, limbs, or neck. Botox is produced by Allergan, a Dublin-based pharmaceutical company.
What do these products treat?
- lateral canthal lines
- glabellar wrinkles
- horizontal forehead wrinkles
- chronic migraine
- upper and lower limb spasticity
- overactive bladder in adults who have failed or are unable to take anticholinergic medications
- urinary incontinence from a neurologic condition in adults who have who have failed or are unable to take anticholinergic medications
- cervical dystonia in adult patients, to reduce the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain
- severe axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- eyelid spasm (blepharospasm) in patients 12 years of age and older
- strabismus in patients 12 years of age and older
How does Botox work?
Botox works by ceasing contractions of the targeted muscles through the obstruction of nerve cell signals. Once injected intramuscularly, Botox binds to the motor nerve terminals and prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This leads to a partial chemical denervation of the muscle, causing reduced muscle activity. In this manner, facial wrinkles that are dynamic, i.e. caused by repeated muscle movement, are smoothened, and various neuromuscular conditions such as limb spasticity can be treated.
Why should Botox products be purchased?
Botox is synonymous with botulinum toxin treatments – its name and reputation is unparalleled. This treatment is valued for its efficacy and safety.
Cost of Botox’s Products
- Botox: $279 - $399
Is Botox safe?
Botox injections are generally regarded as very safe. However, not all patients are suitable to undergo treatment with Botox. These include patients who have a hypersensitivity to any ingredients in the injectable. In addition, do not use Botox if there is an infection at the injection site. If intended as a treatment for urinary incontinence, do not use when there is a urinary tract infection or if the patient cannot empty their bladder on their own.
Is there downtime associated with Botox?
There is usually no downtime associated with Botox. Most patients can resume their daily activities almost immediately following injection.
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