Botox Therapy for Wrinkles

With the progression of aging, wrinkles on face or in the corner of eyes and frown lines on forehead appear very promptly in some people, making them look old. Wrinkles in the corner of eyes are called crow’s feet. Old look creates psychological problems. It creates social complex and sometimes fear causing other physical and mental stress and anguish. In such situation, Botox therapy is of great relief.

Botox Therapy is an approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. It targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Botox is injected in the affected area to temporarily reduce muscle activity. A visible smoothing of crow’s feet lines and frown lines between brows appears within 24 to 48 hours after the Botox therapy. Treatment is in the form of multiple injections made using very fine needles with ice or local anesthetic cream to numb the area. The injections are not painful. The results generally last about 4-6 months and then the injection has to be repeated. The injections done multiple times may give a longer lasting result.

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA), also called botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Botox is made from human plasma (part of the blood) which may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease.

Botox is used to treat cervical dystonia (severe spasms in the neck muscles), muscle stiffness in the upper limbs (elbows, wrists, fingers), and severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis).

Botox is also used to treat certain eye muscle conditions caused by nerve disorders. This includes uncontrolled blinking or spasm of the eyelids, and a condition in which the eyes do not point in the same direction.

Botox is also used to treat overactive bladder and incontinence (urine leakage) caused by nerve disorders such as spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. It is also used to prevent chronic migraine headaches in adults who have migraines for more than 15 days per month, each lasting 4 hours or longer. Botox should not be used to treat a common tension headache.

Before you take Botox Therapy

Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Botox can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

You should not receive Botox if you are allergic to botulinum toxin, or if you have:

• an infection in the area where the medicine will be injected; or
• (for overactive bladder and incontinence) if you have a current bladder infection or if you
are unable to urinate and you do not routinely use a catheter.

To make sure Botox is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

• amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”);
• myasthenia gravis;
• Lambert-Eaton syndrome;
• a breathing disorder such as asthma or emphysema;
• problems with swallowing;
• facial muscle weakness (droopy eyelids, weak forehead, trouble raising your eyebrows);
• a change in the normal appearance of your face;
• bleeding problems;
• heart disease;
• if you have had or will have surgery (especially on your face);
• if you have recently used a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, and others) or been treated
with an injectable antibiotic;
• if you have ever received other botulinum toxin injections such as Dysport or Myobloc
(especially in the last 4 months); or
• if you have ever had a side effect after receiving a botulinum toxin in the past.

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