Botox is a drug, prepared from botulin, medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Botox injections are also used to treat problems such as repetitive neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis), overactive bladder, spasticity and some causes of crossed eyes. These injections may also prevent chronic migraines.
How is it performed?
Botox work includes relaxing the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The whole procedure does not require anesthesia and normally takes a few minutes to perform. With a fine needle Botox is injected into the muscles to minimize discomfort and increase accuracy. Patients are advised to avoid alcohol for a week before the procedure is carried out. They should also stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications.
Who are the candidates?
Those are going through the following conditions should definitely go for Botox injection treatment:
- Cervical Dystonia
- Writer’s cramp
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Muscle pain from chronic muscle spasms
- Severe Neck and back pain
- Wrinkle treatment
How long it takes?
Depending on the extent of the problem, the procedure typically requires 45 minutes to complete.
Botox typically requires little or no recovery time and most people feel completely fine after the treatment, returning to their normal life immediately.
These injections are very helpful in relieving pain. The benefits will start occurring in seven days following the procedure.