Botox is a drug used in the treatment of any muscular conditions and in wrinkle removal. It is administered in the form of injections and hence the name Houston Botox injection. The drug is derived from a certain neurotoxin produced by the bacterium botulinum toxin. Botox works by paralyzing the skin muscles in order to do away with wrinkles forming on it.
In addition, this injection is also administered to patients suffering from repetitive cervical dystonia, overactive bladder, crossed eyes and excessive sweating. The drug has also been found to aid in preventing chronic migraines in certain individuals.
The botulinum toxin used in producing Botox is said to one of the most hazardous substances to man. Science has shown that one gram of the toxin is capable of killing a million people. Therefore to make it safe for humans, it is given in significantly small concentrations whereby once in the body, it bars nerve cells signals from reaching the muscles. This effectively leaves the muscles an instruction channel to contact hence paralyzing them.
What this means is that the muscles can’t contract when paralyzed because Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, which is responsible for muscle contraction. The overall effect of the drug is a reduction in the abnormal contraction helping the muscles to be less stiff. In a few weeks time, the results of the injection are very visible as all the wrinkles on the body disappear.
Like the case with most drugs, Botox injection comes with some downsides of its own. Transient numbness, headache, malaise, mild nausea, injection pain, brow ptosis, neck weakness and blurred vision are among the most common side effects associated with the drug. The injection should never be administered to lactating or pregnant women as well as individuals who have previously had an allergic reaction with some of its ingredients or it.