Botox is used medically in the treatment of specific muscular conditions as well as cosmetically to eliminate wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles temporarily.
Botox med spa injections include a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Motykie Medical Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides Botox injections to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities across the landscape.
- Botox is the most sought-after non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with over six million Botox treatments performed annually.
- Botox is a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum which is a mostly inactive and non-toxic organism found in nature.
- Botulinum toxin helps mitigate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles.
- Botox can also be useful in the treatment of migraines, excessive sweating, muscular disorders, and certain bladder and bowel conditions.
In human beings, the botulinum toxin can only be injected in tiny amounts. It works by inhibiting the signals from the nerve cells from reaching the muscles, effectively paralyzing them.
For the muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger known as acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the point where the nerve endings and muscles connect. Acetylcholine attaches to the receptors on the muscle cells causing them to contract or become shorter.
The botulinum toxin that is injected prevents the acetylcholine release. This prevents the muscle cells from contracting. This toxin leads to a decrease in abnormal muscle contraction enabling the muscles to become less stiff.
Botulinum toxin is mainly used to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the facial skin. Other than cosmetic applications, Botox is also used in the treatment of various medical conditions such as migraines, profuse sweating, eye squints, and leaky bladders.
Botulinum toxin is presently used in the treatment of more than 20 medical conditions while more applications are still being understood. Botulinum toxin currently has the FDA approval for the following medical applications:
- Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
- Chronic migraine
- Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
- Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
- Hemifacial spasm
- Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Canthal lines (crow’s feet)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) overactivity – causing urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
Botulinum toxin is used in the off-label (not approved) treatment of the following conditions:
- Achalasia (a throat condition that makes swallowing challenging).
- Sialorrhea (producing excessive saliva).
- Anal fissure and anismus (dysfunction of the anal sphincter).
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Botox – FDA Approved for Canthal Lines
Lateral canthal lines or crow’s feet are the lines that extend from the outer corner of the eyes. These lines usually develop due to repetitive facial movements such as frowning, smiling or squinting, or other facial expressions. These expressions cause the underlying facial muscles to contract while the outer skin develops folds. This could lead to permanent fine lines and wrinkles over time.
In order to mitigate the appearance of canthal lines, the treatment provider will use a Botox injection directly into the overactive muscle that is leading to the wrinkle development.
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