Botulinum Toxin: What It Is and How It Works

The first thing to get out of the way is that the botulinum toxin is infact, a toxin. It’s derived from a bacteria that is one of the most toxic substances known. However, like so many otherwise poisonous and deadly substances, humans have found a way to put it to good use.
Often going under the name of Botox, botulinum toxin is one of the more popular methods for reducing wrinkles and lines and improving the overall look and youthfulness of the face.
The toxin comes in two forms, A and B. It works because it interrupts the signals the nerves send to the facial muscles, which in effect, paralyzes the muscles. The relaxation causes wrinkles to disappear or become much less noticeable. Sometimes dermatologists combine botulinum toxin with other therapies like dermabrasion, or chemical peels. The combination of all of these modalities can actually stop new wrinkles from forming on the face.
The dermatologist who uses botulinum toxin must be extremely precise, not only because of the nature of the substance but to make sure they’re targeting the right facial muscle. There are close to four dozen facial muscles and a dermatologist who injects the toxin needs to know where they are and what they do.
The procedure is generally brief, though real problem areas like deep furrows might take more than one injection. There’s no down time after the procedure and the patient can resume their normal life. However, they must refrain from rubbing the area where the toxin is injected because the action might cause it to spread and paralyze muscles that weren’t meant to be treated. Though it’s exceedingly rare, the botulinum toxin can migrate to areas that control breathing and swallowing. This is a medical emergency.
Usually the procedure and its aftermath are uneventful. Patients should be able to see improvement after about a week. The improvements last a few months before the botulinum toxin begins to fade. Then, the patient might opt to have more injections.
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