Traditionally, Botox is used to treat medical and cosmetic conditions. In the United States alone, millions of men and women undergo Botox procedures every year. While Botox is fairly common, many people still find themselves asking, “how does Botox work?”
The variety of Botox that we’re discussing was invented by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jean Carruthers in the 1980’s. Ironically, the Canadian doctor never secured a patent on the product, which is now the most popular and one of the most profitable procedures in the world.
It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the Federal Drug Administration approved Botox for medical uses; it was first approved for relieving cervical dystonia, or neck and shoulder spasms.
When injected, Botox blocks signaling between the nerves and muscles. Botox has very localized effects; when injected it does not “roam” around the body.
From the purposes of cosmetic Botox, the injection on Botox releases contracted muscles in the area of the injection and thereby causes wrinkles to seem softer and less deep. Oftentimes, those seeking the cosmetic benefits of Botox go in for repeat-procedures; Botox is not a one-time wrinkle vanishing procedure.
Botox functions the same when used in the medical sphere but has additional effects. Because Botox pauses nerve signaling in muscles, it is able to address dilapidating and sometimes painful muscular conditions. Medical Botox has been found to relieve chronic migraines and neck back spasms.
Botox treatments aren’t for everyone. For those considering Botox, we recommend that you speak to a certified medical professional about your options.
If you’d like to rejuvenate your skin and decrease the visibility of wrinkles, cosmetic Botox might be for you.
For those seeking medical Botox, remember that you must have an FDA-approved condition in order to undergo medical Botox treatments.
Stop asking, “how does Botox work?” and start talking to the medical professionals at Kersenbrock Medical and Wellness. We offer both medical and cosmetic Botox to patients at our Lake Mary office.