What is a Botox® Injection?

In the words of leading and expert plastic surgeons, a Botox® injection or a Botox® shot is a toxin which has the ability to paralyze a muscle up to its neuromuscular junction.

In essence, when Botox® is injected into a muscle, it becomes paralyzed by the toxin. The key benefits of Botox® are its applications with facial muscles present in the areas like the forehead, brow and eyelid. When Botox® is injected to the facial area, the facial expression muscle is essentially taken away. However, this is not a bad thing since the brow and forehead wrinkle muscles are not aesthetically ideal.

With aging, most patients develop a brow muscle with deep grooves in the area right above the nose, between the eyebrows. In addition to this, some patients develop deep wrinkles in that area which in turn result in a facial appearance which propagates anger. For this condition, Botox® is the ideal treatment. The application of Botox® to these areas results in the paralysis of these muscles for about three months, taking away the wrinkles as well.

Botox® injections can be used as treatment for several other areas of the body too. Most plastic surgeons use Botox® for the jaw muscle to reduce its size or to treat TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). When Botox is injected to the jaw, the muscle gets relaxed and then shrinks down. As a result, the pull on the muscle from the jaw is reduced considerably. Furthermore, Botox® is also used to help patients who have large calf muscles by shrinking them, and the results last around six months. Lastly, Botox® has been regarded as an effective treatment for patients with migraine headaches. Since these headaches are caused by muscle tension, a Botox® injection can effectively treat the condition by relaxing this muscle. As a result, the squeezing of nerves by muscle spasms fades away, resulting in the complete healing of the headaches.

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