Botox injection, also known as Botulinum toxin, is a popular cosmetic product that is widely used by celebrities and normal people alike. It is mainly used to improved the presence of frown lines or wrinkles around the eye area, or the forehead. Though Botulinum toxin has been around for decades, its use for cosmetic enhancement has only been recognized recently. Today, there are already millions of cosmetic patients who have benefitted from the use of Botox injections.
Many people believe that when you get Botox injections the surrounding muscle where it is injected will be paralyzed. However, this is not always the case but it is not to say that paralysis is impossible. If Botox is used in exorbitant amounts, paralysis is highly likely. That is why doctors ascertain that they only inject enough amount of Botox. Doing so will allow limited movement on the injected area. Just to clarify things, Botox injections will not prevent patients from expressing emotions through their faces, however, it can prevent them from frowning or doing unnecessary facial movements.
Botox is made using ‘clostridium botulinum’, a type of bacteria that is considered to be life threatening and can cause muscle paralysis when used in significant amounts. Knowing this, doctors are careful when applying Botox injections to patients. They ascertain that only small doses are used to avoid adverse side effects and the possibility of complete facial muscle paralysis. If you are considering Botox in Vancouver than Botox at Everyoung Med in Vancouver is your place to start.
Botox works by impeding the release of acetylcholine (a type of neurotransmitter). Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which main function is to send nerve impulses to the muscle allowing it to contract. When Botox is injected to a specific area on the face, it will block the nerve cell from producing acetylcholine thus weakening the muscle cell and preventing it to contract. However, the effect of Botox is only temporary since nerve fibers have the capability to regenerate.
Botox is not only used to treat wrinkles but also other types of medical conditions like muscle spasms, strasbismus (problem on eye alignment), blepharospasm (eye twitching), cervical dystonia, and hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) as well.