BOTOX- Aesthetic Medicine/ Cosmetology, Dermatology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

What is Botox?

Doctors: Dermatologists, Neurologists

Botox, a type of cosmetic, is an injectable agent that relaxes wrinkle muscles. It is also used for the treatment of certain muscular condition. It acts by temporarily paralyzing the muscles of the treatment area. It is made from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

What is Botox Used For?

Botox is mainly used for the treatment of facial wrinkles and fine lines. It is also beneficial to treat the area between the eyebrows as well as to treat moderate to severe frown lines. It is also used to treat the crow’s feet lines around the eyes. It is the utmost common non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Along with the cosmetic benefits, Botox is used for various medical conditions such as migraines, excess sweating, eye squints, migraines, and leaky bladders.

The Procedure:

Botox treatment is a minimally invasive procedure and it does not require general anesthesia. Patient may use topical anesthetic cream or ice to numb the treatment area. It is a short procedure that may take around 10 minutes.  Botulinum toxin powder is diluted in saline properly and then injected into neuromuscular tissues with the help of thin needle. The patient would be able to notice the effects of the injections after 24-72 hours.

What to Expect After the Procedure?

Right after the procedure, patient should avoid rubbing the treatment area. Patient would be asked to resume the daily activities right after the treatment.  After the procedure, patient may have minor discomfort or minor bruising which would improve within a few days. Patient may have side effects such as swelling, headache, tiredness, neck pain, rash, or itching.

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About the Author:

Dr. Anand Lakhkar is a physician scientist from India. He completed his basic medical education from India and his postgraduate training in pharmacology from the United States. He has a MS degree in pharmacology from New York Medical College, a MS degree in Cancer/Neuro Pharmacology from Georgetown University and a PhD in Pharmacology from New York Medical College where he was the recipient of the Graduate Faculty Council Award for academic and research excellence.  His research area of expertise is in pulmonary hypertension, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular pharmacology.  He has multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at at prestigious conferences.