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The Beauty of Botox

Botox® is a brand name for a popular toxin used in many cosmetic procedures, Clostridium Botulinum has been available since the late 1980’s for many medical uses. But, the brand name Botox® used in the removal of fine lines and wrinkles from the face has only been legally available for cosmetic purposes since being cleared by the FDA in 2002. Botox is used for a wide range of medical services – not just for beauty.

Clostridium Botulinum is best known for removing wrinkles from the faces of many people, including a large number of celebrities who wish to retain a youthful appearance. But, in 2012 around 52 percent of treatments using the toxin were based on the medical needs of patients and had nothing to do with the cosmetic appearance of the individual.

There are a number of medical uses the product is used for, with over 80 countries permitting its use for over 25 uses. Included in the medical uses are treatments for conditions involving the temporomandibula joint, or TMJ which connects the jawbone to the skull. Other major medical uses include the treatment of those having problems with overactive muscles causing uncontrolled blinking and sweating. Another common use is to treat those affected by migraines on a regular basis.

The majority of patients state the application of Botox® via an injection into a specific site is uncomfortable, but does not hurt. Amongst many users the injection with a fine needle is compared to the insertion of acupuncture needles, where the feeling of pressure as the needle is inserted is the major sensation.

Icing or cooling is the general form of numbing associated with these injections. We can use a topical anesthetic.
Many people say that when ice is used that is more uncomfortable than the process of Botox® itself.
Many new medical uses are consistently being evaluated as possible candidates for the use of Clostridium Botulinum as a treatment above and beyond its use in beauty therapies. With medical conditions where the nerve impulses are blocked to ease pain and discomfort, such as problems with TMJ conditions being identified and put forward as treatment candidates the use of the toxin looks set to grow in the coming years.

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