Botox is not a new treatment but surprisingly it happens to be one of those treatments that the public knows very little about. More so, most people only know of Botox as an aesthetic treatment but its application is far much wider.
Cosmetically, it is used as a non-surgical solution to get rid of facial wrinkles. Additionally, it is broadly used to remedy muscular conditions. The treatment itself is made from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin which is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum.
Although, botulinum toxin is a powerful poison it also has a wide variety of benefits when used correctly in a controlled setup.
In this post, we look at the forgotten facts about Botox, how it works and what is used for.
Botox is a treatment that derives its functions from the notorious botulinum toxin. Clostridium botulinum is found naturally in many ecosystem including the soil, forests and lakes. The bacterium can also be found in mammals’ intestinal tract as well as the gills of a fish. Some organs of crabs and other shellfish have also been found to contain this bacterium.
In its naturally occurring state, the botulinum bacteria and its spores are harmless and only pose a threat when they take on a vegetative cell form with a heightened population.
As a neurotoxin, the botulinum toxin can attach to the nervous system and disrupt any signal transmission process which allows for effective neuron communication.
Despite its shortcomings as a powerful neurotoxin, the botulinum toxin has several inherent benefits. From extensive clinical studies, scientists have found a way to isolate the valuable therapeutic protein from its toxic nature.
In using Botox treatments, a very small concentration of botulinum is injected into the body to prevent nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles. Muscle contraction is triggered by the release of acetylcholine by the nerves at the intersection point between muscle cells and nerve endings. The acetylcholine neurotransmitter attaches to the nerve receptors on muscle cells hence causing the muscle cells to contract. This is the principle behind the use of botulinum toxin in reducing abnormal muscle contraction.
Generally, the application of Botox in facial aesthetics is centred on reducing facial wrinkles and fine lines. Facial wrinkles can be quite embarrassing especially if they make you look older than you really are. There are extensive methods of reducing fine lines and facial wrinkles but Botox is one of those non-surgical methods with amazing results.
However, as mentioned earlier, Botox has other usefulness. It is used to treat a wide range of health issues including but not limited to migraines, eye squints, leaky bladder and excess sweating. Currently, botulinum toxin has been approved to treat over 20 different conditions yet more clinical studies are underway to find more applications of this extraordinary neurotoxin.
The following therapeutic applications of Botulinum toxin have gained world-wide approval and continue to produce amazing results:
There are also a host of treatments that use Botulinum although these do not have extensive approval rates as the ones listed above. These conditions include cerebral palsy, hay fever, producing too much saliva, dysfunction of the anal sphincter and achalasia among others.
At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we provide facial rejuvenation treatments using approved Botox treatments in a safe, secure and result oriented atmosphere. Whether you are suffering the agony of facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, urinary incontinence, eye spasms and fine lines among other facial blemishes, we are here to get you the ultimate solution.