Botulinum Toxin injections improve the appearance by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. These injections also treat symptoms such as migraines, hyperhidrosis, overactive bladder, and eye problems. Treatment should be repeated every 3-6 months to maintain results.
What is Botulinum toxin (BoNT) or Botox?
Botulinum toxin (BoNT) or Botox is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It stops the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from the axon terminals of the neuromuscular junction and causes flaccid paralysis. This toxin will cause the disease botulism. The toxin is used for commercially purposes that include medical and cosmetic or beauty purposes.
Botulinum toxin is a protein stopping the muscle spasms. It is injected directly into the muscle. Spasms are the natural contraction or movement of muscles. Sometimes, there is the feeling of cramps.
Use of Botulinum Toxin injections
Botulinum Toxin injections are given at the doctor’s office. The toxin is mixed up with the saline or salt water. It is injected inside the muscle by a tiny needle. The patient may be given 5 to 10 injections at a single sitting. The number of injections given depends on the condition and the doctor treats. Then, it is also related to the size of the area to be treated.
Side-Effects of Botulinum Toxin injections
Contact Dr. Akhila Kumar Panda, Director at NEUMED Center for Neurology, Bhubaneswar for advanced treatment.