Did you know? Botulinum toxin is probably most notable in medical history because it was the first microbial injection used to treat disease. Injecting bacterial products into the human body was a novel invention. Botox, derived from botulinum toxin, was originally intended for people with strabismus (crossed eyes) during the 70s. Several years later, studies emerged using Botox to relax other muscles, particularly on the face. Originally known for treating disease this now popular product gradually turned into a cosmetic procedure.
What are the benefits of Botox injections?
Botox is a neuromodulator and inhibits certain signaling molecules from nerves, most of which cause the contraction of muscles. The purpose of these treatments is to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox is commonly used on the forehead and around the eyes.
Botox treatments are also used to treat conditions in the body like cervical dystonia, lazy eyes, muscle contractures, hyperhidrosis, chronic migraine, bladder dysfunction, eye twitching, and more. Botox helps by stopping involuntary muscle spasms, relaxing imbalances in the muscles, releasing muscle contractures, and stopping excessive sweating. Chronic headaches are reduced by relaxing the muscles in the head and face that are causing the pain.
A non-surgical procedure, Botox is quick and easy. It is convenient for people who seek a minimally invasive alternative to plastic surgery and for those who want to see faster results as well. Treatments are less expensive than surgical procedures and the results can last months at a time. The effects typically set in from 3 to 7 days and last an average of 3 months.
Botox was first used as a medical treatment. With each year, researchers create new formulations of this versatile agent and discover new applications for it. Initially used as a medical treatment, Botox is now used worldwide to help slow down and even reverse the formation of lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. This quick and easy treatment works within a week and lasts an average of 3 months to help slow the signs of aging.