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Understanding Botox injections


The use of Botox gained popularity among cosmetologists in 1990s. However, it was not approved by the FDA until the year 2000. After FDA approvals, many beauty parlors and spas started advertising Botox as a drug to prevent and slow aging.

Botox is a name that represents type A of botulinum toxin. This toxin is used both in medical health and cosmetology. In treatment, the toxin is used for muscle spasms especially on the limbs, relieving migraines, working on bladder dysfunction and treatment of cervical dystonia. Plastic surgeons use to water down the signs of aging by softening lines on the faces that are brought about by wrinkles on the forehead and brows. It is also used to remove the crow’s feet that form at the corner of the eyes as age catches up with individuals.

Where is the toxin harvested?

Botulinum toxin type A is a type of toxin protein secreted by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. This type of toxin attack and paralyze the nerve systems in the areas that they come in contact with the muscles. The toxins are also dangerous when eaten with the food as they cause food poisoning.

The toxin is harvested in laboratories and purified for use in the cosmetics industry. It is then introduced below the skin in small doses. These doses cause the wrinkles on the skin to disappear.

How does Botox work on the skin?

As we grow old, our skin loses its elasticity. Loose flaps of the skin appear on the surface even when the muscles at the skin contract. Botox attaches to the nerve endings of these muscles and stops the communication between the brain and the muscle. It does this by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from sending commands to the muscles.

The muscles in this region become paralyzed and do not contract and relax as they are used to doing. This causes the skin on the particular region to smoothen out as muscles are immobile.

 How long does the procedure take?

The plastic surgeon takes thirty minutes to administer the injections on the skin. However, you will not notice any changes until a week later. Moreover, the results last about three to six months when the effect starts to wear down

Effects of using Botox

Small doses of Botox do not have severe effects. However, you may experience nausea, flue syndrome, a minor headache, flu or respiratory infection. All these conditions are mild and can be relieved by over the counter medication.

When it comes to getting BOTOX in Nashville, the DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center can offer you an experience like no other practice in Middle Tennessee. It’s all from a team you can trust, in a unique, private setting. Start the experience today by calling 565-9000 for a consult, or click here to schedule online.

Written on April 11, 2017