Did you know that there is one type of toxin that is widely used to enhance a person’s beauty?
Botox is a brand name of neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although it is commonly used to treat some muscular problems, Botox is also popularly used in the cosmetic world to get rid of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscles.
Facts about Botox
- Botox is the top non-invasive cosmetic procedure used by 6.7 million Canadian for facial rejuvenation.
- It is also used to treat various conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating, and bladder and bowel disorders.
- Botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and deadly illness that affects the respiratory system.
- When used improperly, one gram of botulinum toxin is enough to kill one million people, while two grams could annihilate the entire human population on this planet.
What is Botox?
Clostridium botulinum, from which Botox is derived, can be found in the soil, forests, and lakes. Additionally, the bacterium is also found in fish gills, intestinal tract of mammals, and internal organs in crabs and other shellfishes. While Clostridium botulinum is generally harmless, it can become dangerous when its spores change into vegetative cells and increase in numbers. Botulism, a fatal neurotoxin, can result when the bacteria start to produce botulinum toxin. These neurotoxins affect the human nervous system by interrupting the communication signal processes of the neurons.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved Botox in 1989 for treatment of various medical and cosmetic conditions. Because of the dangers that come with improper use, Botox is a prescription drug that can only be issued by a licensed healthcare provider.
How Botox Works
If you are planning to get treatment using Botox in Toronto, it is a good idea to have a clear understanding of how botox works its wonder in getting rid of the annoying fine lines in your face.
When Botox is injected into the facial muscles, it blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles to prevent the latter from contracting, which results in relaxation and softening of the wrinkles. It effectively reduces visible wrinkles, frown lines, and glabellar lines by paralysing the facial muscles temporarily to achieve the desired effect. By paralysing the muscle, they lose their ability to push the skin into a fold to form wrinkles.
However, the effects of Botox are temporary. In the span of four to six months, the muscles will eventually regain mobility. For this reason, you will require another Botox treatment before the current one lapses to maintain fresh, youthful, and well-rested appearance.