What is Botox?
Botox is one brand of a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, a chemical toxin that is produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although these medicines are made up of the same toxin that causes botulism (a type of infection that can result in life-threatening muscle paralysis) they are generally safe to use as an injectable medicine. That’s because they are used in very small quantities and injected directly into specific sites.
How does Botox treatment work?
Botulinum toxin type A works by stopping the release of a chemical messenger (a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine) from nerve cells. The effects are restricted to the area being treated, and because the nerve fibres usually regenerate after a couple of months, the effects are only temporary.
When injected into a muscle, the toxin blocks the signals between nerves and the muscle. The muscle loses the ability to contract and becomes weakened or temporarily paralysed. When injected into the skin, botulinum toxin type A can block the action of the nerves that control your sweat glands.
What are the Benefits?
“Neurotoxin can prevent lines and wrinkles from occurring,” says Abouchar. But botox can do more than just that stop ageing in its tracks. “It can also help to lift droopy eyebrows and stop teeth grinding slim a wide face, prevent excessive sweating, prevent headaches and migraines and may even help with acne and rosacea,” Abouchar explains.