Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment or procedure, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to eliminate wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Botox is made from a neurotoxin called “botulinum toxin” that is produced by the bacterium “Clostridium botulinum.”

 

Botox is Also a Bacteria

 

Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium from which the term Botox is derived, is found in many natural settings, such as soil, lakes, and forests. This kind of bacterium can also be found in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish. Such naturally occurring instances of Clostridium botulinum bacteria and spores are generally harmless. Difficulties only arise when the spores transform into vegetative cells and the cell population increases immensely. At a certain point, the bacteria begin producing botulinum toxin, the deadly neurotoxin responsible for botulism.

 

Neurotoxins target the nervous system, disrupting the signaling processes that allow neurons to communicate effectively. According to some top plastic surgeons Utah, Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known to man.

 

Medical and Cosmetic Uses of Botox

 

Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Beyond aesthetic applications, Botox is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including eye squints, migraines, excessive sweating, and leaky bladders. Botulinum toxin is currently used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, with more applications under investigation.

 

Botulinum toxin is currently approved for the following therapeutic applications:

 

  • Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids).
  • Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms).
  • A chronic migraine.
  • Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes).
  • Post-stroke upper limb spasticity.
  • Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) overactivity – causing urinary incontinence.
  • Overactive bladder.
  • Hemifacial spasm.
  • Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows).
  • Canthal lines (crow’s feet).

 

Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Beyond aesthetic applications, Botox is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including eye squints, migraines, excessive sweating, and leaky bladders. Botulinum toxin is currently used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, with more applications under investigation.

 

Botulinum toxin is currently approved for the following therapeutic applications:

 

  • Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids).
  • Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms).
  • A chronic migraine.
  • Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes).
  • Post-stroke upper limb spasticity.
  • Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) overactivity – causing urinary incontinence.
  • Overactive bladder.
  • Hemifacial spasm.
  • Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows).
  • Canthal lines (crow’s feet).