Botox is a prescription drug made from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium that is used to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. It’s injected into the skin to treat a variety of health problems, including:
- Excessive sweating.
- Neck and shoulder spasms.
- Overactive bladder.
- Uncontrollable blinking.
- Lazy or crossed eyes.
- Chronic migraines.
Botox has been closely associated with cosmetic procedures for years, as it has been proven to reduce facial wrinkles and creases. It works by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles, preventing them from contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is most useful in treating forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines.
Administering Botox injections takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. A numbing medication or cream can be applied to the skin beforehand, if you’re worried about discomfort. Your doctor will use a thin needle to inject a small dose of Botox into your skin or specific muscles. Results usually take a few days to appear and will last anywhere from three to 12 months. Maintenance injections are needed if you wish to continue treatment beyond the initial dose.
Some temporary bruising at the injection site is common but beyond that, side effects are rare. They may include headaches, drooping eyelids and a crooked smile. In rare cases the botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause problems. Contact a medical professional right away if you experience muscle weakness, vision problems, trouble speaking or swallowing, breathing difficulties or loss of bladder control.
Botox can be dangerous if administered improperly, so be sure to choose a skilled and certified doctor who is experienced with Botox injections.
Call ENT Associates of East Texas at (903) 592-5601 for more information or to schedule an appointment.