BOTOX® relaxes the muscles by blocking nerve signals. While it is most commonly used in cosmetic procedures, it is also used to treat a variety of conditions including cervical dystonia (severe neck muscle spasms), stiff muscles in the arms, migraines, overactive bladder and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
How is it used?
BOTOX® is always given in the form of an injection, and it should always be administered by a medical professional. The injections are typically given at least three months apart from each other.
The doctor will inject the BOTOX® into a muscle. Depending on the condition being treated, she may give more than one injection. BOTOX® can be used to treat hyperhidrosis affecting the underarms, face, palms or soles. It blocks the transmission of signals from nerves to the sweat glands, which stops the glands from producing sweat.
Most patients experience partial relief within a day or two while full relief comes within five to seven days.
Regarding migraines, BOTOX® will be injected into specific areas to relax muscles around the head. This will reduce intense migraines.
The effects of a BOTOX® injection generally last around three months. Some people develop antibodies that make them resistant to it effects. When that happens, the effects of the BOTOX® will wear off even sooner. People who get repeat injections are more likely to become resistant to BOTOX®. Patients who don’t develop a resistance become more responsive to the BOTOX®, so the results of subsequent injections last longer.
How should a patient prepare for the injection?
A person being treated for hyperhidrosis should shave their underarms 24 hours before the injection. They should not use deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours before the injection. They should avoid exercise, hot foods or drinks some time before the injection.
Are there side effects?
BOTOX® does cause side effects, and it has been known to migrate to other parts of the body. A patient should call their doctor immediately if they develop any of the systems, which will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Who should not use BOTOX®?
People with an infection near or at the injection site should wait until it has cleared up before getting the injection.
Women who are pregnant or nursing need to talk to the doctor. It is unknown how or if BOTOX® would affect a developing baby. Patients with heart disease, respiratory disorders or neurological problems need to talk to the doctor before using BOTOX®.
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If you are enduring excessive sweating and migraines, you may be a candidate for BOTOX®. Contact Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre today to make your appointment.