Botox injections are the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium from which Botox is derived, is found in many natural settings, including soil, lakes, and forests.
Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles. They are also used to treat such problems as repetitive neck spasms otherwise known as cervical dystonia, excessive sweating also called hyperhidrosis, overactive bladder and lazy eyes. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines in some people.
Botox was the first drug to use botulinum toxin. Other products now include Dysport, Myobloc and Xeomin. Each is a little different, particularly when it comes to dosage units, so they aren’t interchangeable nor is the pricing and effects.
What does Botox do when injected?
Botulinum toxin injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
- Forehead furrows
How do I schedule my appointment?
Visit the team at Delle Chiaie Cosmetic Medicine in Hampton NH to see if this is right for you.
We are located close to Newburyport MA, Hampton Falls NH, Rye NH, Portsmouth NH and Exeter NH just to name a few surrounding towns.
We can be conveniently found on Route 1 in Hampton NH right off of 101.