Botulinum toxin. We all know them by their brand name: BOTOX and DYSPORT.
Botulinum toxin injection is considered as the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatment to date. It is a fast, safe and reliable facial rejuvenation treatment with less adverse effects.
History of Botulinum toxin (Botox/Dysport) as a Cosmetic Treatment
Botox was first used as a treatment for strabismus (crossed eyes) in the 1970s. From there, it was noticed that the glabella (wrinkles between the eyebrows) lessened. Through this discovery, the use of botulinum toxin has garnered worldwide popularity in treating facial wrinkles.
What is Botox?
Botox primarily causes temporary hibernation on targeted muscles. The hibernation which usually lasts for three to four months causes smoothening of the wrinkles and fine lines. The effect of botulinum toxin is not permanent which is why repeated treatments every three to four months is necessary for optimal result.
Moreover, botulinum toxin interferes with the release of pain mediators. This is the reason that Botulinum toxin is also used to treat migraine headaches.
On top of that, botulinum toxin is also used in other medical conditions such as axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits) and urinary incontinence.
What are the adverse effects of Botulinum Toxin injections?
The most common are pinpoint bruising and swelling on the injection sites. Although rare, a droopy eyelid can occur as a result of Botox. If this happens, you need to return to your treating physician and he can prescribe you with an eyedrop medication.
Botulinum toxin injection is not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.
Here in Dubai, Botox is available at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery located in Dubai Healthcare City.
Drs. Maurizio and Roberto Viel have over 25 years of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery industry and are known for their expertise in cosmetic treatments and surgeries.
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