Most often, we find people giving BOTOX an unfair rap. From its creation to its multiple uses, both cosmetic and medical, the experts at the International Medical Clinic in Dubai shed light on the facts that individual’s turn a deaf ear to.
In the beauty world, there are few procedures more controversial and conflict-ridden than Botox. With implications associated with frozen muscles, immovable foreheads and permanently quizzical eyebrows, the publicity surrounding BOTOX treatment seems to be more about the dangers and what can go wrong as opposed to its potentially impressive results when cleverly carried out by a well experienced and qualified plastic surgeon.
In order to clear out confusion and general perception, and to shed light on its untold story, here are the basics of this type of wrinkle reduction treatment, its broad spectrum of uses and some interesting myths busted!
Here are some facts that you should know.
- The active ingredient in BOTOX is called Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is one of 7 proteins (A-G) derived from the Botulism germ and was first used for therapeutic purposes in the 1960s by Dr Alan Scott in the USA as a muscle relaxant to improve uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm) and crossed eyes (strabismus). BOTOX has over 20 recognized uses and is licensed in over 85 countries.
- BOTOX for cosmetic purposes was discovered by accident. In the late 1980s, Dr Jean Carruthers, a Canadian Ophthalmologist was inundated with patients, that were treated for eye spasms. BOTOX relaxed the crow’s feet and made them look younger on one side!.
- Apart from being a toxin, BOTOX is actually one of the safest drugs in the world. There are more than 4,000 research papers and 6 million injections per year.
- BOTOX is licensed to be used medically to treat excess armpit sweating, which is popular for many actors and celebrities alike, all over the world. BOTOX treatment can be used just about anywhere to treat the sweat glands and is being increasingly used on the face to reduce oil production and excess perspiration, improving breakouts and reducing pores.
- BOTOX is commonly used to help patients who suffer from chronic migraines and painful trigger points, not just by relaxing tense muscles, but by affecting the pain receptors involved in chronic headaches.
- In recent times, BOTOX has been a sought after procedure that is used in the slimming of calf muscles in the legs. You cannot use it as you please though, just to squeeze into those expensive boots you bought. BOTOX is a prescription only medication and medical laws insist that it should only be injected after a face to face consultation with an experienced medical prescriber such as a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon within a clinical environment.
- BOTOX treatment is used in dentistry as well to treat gum or nocturnal teeth grinding. BOTOX treatment to the Masseter muscles can restore a natural oval to the lower face and improve painful temporomandibular joint (TMJ) jaw problems.