At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer Botox treatments. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.
Botox is a protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum which causes paralysis of muscles.
Botox competes with the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine and block the action of the neurotransmitter thereby preventing muscle contractions.
In aesthetic settings, Botox is considered very safe. Most of the side effects like bruising and paralysis of unintended muscle group are a result of the injection rather than the toxin itself. Botox, however can spread along the nerve fibers to areas distant from the site of injection in rare cases, and can cause more severe effects including double vision, facial paralysis etc. These side effects are extremely rare.
In general, Botox starts working in 4-6 days after injection and the effect lasts in most people for about 3-4 months. This is however highly variable and people with antibodies against Botox in their bodies or those with highly active metabolism may experience the effects last much shorter. There is some evidence that with repeated use, the muscles become fatigued and may prolong the effect after repeated use.
Botox is not only used for treating dynamic face wrinkles, but is also effective in treating excessive sweating of the face, head, arm pits and groin area. The way Botox works is very similar by blocking Acetylcholine.
Botox is also used for treating migraine headaches. Botox in these cases in injected in the forehead, temples, neck and scalp area.
Botox is used to treat some injuries like tennis elbow to paralyze the muscle that is inflamed to allow it to heal.
A few recent studies have also suggested that Botox is helpful in treating mild depression.
That is a tricky question to answer. I would certainly not treat a minor (under 18). However, Botox is a “want” based treatment in most settings, not a “need” based treatment, therefore you must decide. I can only tell you the benefits and risks.