Botox is injected into the facial muscles. It slows down chemical reactions and causes temporary paralysis of muscles. Its results may vary from person to person but usually they last for eight months. As compared to other surgeries, it is less invasive, cheaper and does not offer a down time.
On April 12, 2002, US Food and Drug Administration announced a regulatory approval of Botulinum toxin type A (usually known as Botox injection) after its formal trials were found to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles.
Botox is growing popular day by day and it can be seen easily through the facts and figures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that US accommodates 6.1 million users of Botox as of reported on 2012 and this percentage is up by 8 percent from 2011.
The common side effects of Botox are bruising and tenderness but they do not last longer. Users frequently report headache that usually disappears within 2 days.
Botox may stop working over time
German research, published in the Journal of Neural Transmission, reported the development of antibodies in one user per 200 Botox users. These antibodies make the treatment less effective over time.
Habitual Botox users are low hearted after the surgeons’ warning that repeated stimulation of antibodies, produced by the immune system of the user’s body, may hold back the results of Botox treatment. This means that the immune system will eventually cope even with the increased Botox doses thereby suppressing the efficacy of Botox.
However, resistance against these antibodies has also been reported in people who are taking Botox for at least ten years. Clinicians must provide thorough guidance on the benefits, risks and future aspects of Botox use.
Botox relieves pain resulted from cerebral palsy
Recent reports have opened a new horizon in the achievements of Botox injection as it is found that it works well for pain management in patients of cerebral palsy and other conditions.
According to a 24-7press release, the medical director at the Center for Quality Pain Care based in South Florida, Dr. Andre C. Hobbsis, is offering a wide array of unique services that include Botox treatment for pain management and movement in patients suffering from cerebral palsy, a condition that causes physical disability in human development majorly in areas of body movement. Dr. Andre C. Hobbs responds to a recent article of New York Daily News that presented the use of Botox to cure cerebral palsy symptoms temporarily.
According to the article, the parents of the three-year-old Aiden Farrell have endorsed this innovative use of Botox because it made their child to walk for the first time. Aiden was born with crippling cerebral palsy and because of the tightening up of his muscles he could not straighten his legs without pain. His parents searched the internet and found that Botox could be an answer for Aiden’s condition. They had Botox treatment for their kid that unblocked nerve impulses which restricted his movement and now Aiden can easily walk.
Dr. Andre C. Hobbs responds to this article, “While many may criticize the use of Botox for its cosmetic applications, it is clear that these injections can offer real benefits to those experiencing pain and complications caused by a wide array of pain conditions–including cerebral palsy, severe muscle discomfort and migraines. It is truly inspiring that the Farrell family was finally able to experience relief through the innovative application of Botox injections.”
No doubt, Botox treatment is merely a blessing not only for those who want to look youthful but also for those who want to relieve their pain.