Botox is the trade name for the neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. Though it is an extremely poisonous substance, it has been found to have multiple applications in the medical field, primarily because it blocks neuromuscular transmission.
Because the botulinum toxin has eight different serotypes and each one of these prevents neuromuscular transmission and causes localized paralysis when used properly, it has opened the door for a variety of applications, some of which are listed below.
- Paralysis to reduce muscle spasms
- Paralysis to limit muscle movement and prevent wrinkles
- Reduces the amount of sweat produced
- Is used to treat chronic migraines
As mentioned above, Botox is often injected under the skin for use as a cosmetic treatment to reduce and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Wrinkles and fine lines are formed as a result of time and gravity combined with environmental factors and personal habits, like repeated facial movements.
You can reduce your exposure to the sun, wind, and fluctuating temperatures. You can even try to limit your facial movements, but many of your facial movements are done without you consciously thinking of them at all. By paralyzing the muscles that allow to make these facial expressions, you also stop the skin from being manipulated in the same areas over and over.
How Exactly Does Botox Work?
Botox is injected in the area where it is needed, usually under the skin. In some rare cases, it is even made for use as a topical agent. Botox does not impair your muscles or skin in any way. It is simply an agent that stops the transmission of messages to your muscles. Your muscles never receive the message to move, so they don’t move. It’s really that simple.
If you think that Botox may help you or if you are just interested in learning more about Botox and what it does, contact Riverside Oral and Facial Surgery by using the Contact Us Form or calling 706-235-5570.