Botox

By: J. Brian Boyd, M.D.  03/25/2015
Keywords: Skin Care, Botox, Eyelid Surgery

Both Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) and its major competitor, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA), are derivatives of Botulinum Toxin A, a toxin produced in nature by the bacterium Clostridium Bolulinum and responsible for the paralyzing illness ‘Botulism.’ The action of the toxin is to paralyze muscles for lengthy periods of time (up to a year). In medical doses, specific muscles may safely be put out of action to produce a cosmetic benefit. The medication is administered by injection, using a fine needle, into or near the target muscles, which are usually muscles of facial expression. The paralysis then takes a few days to take effect. Botox is not therefore a filler (a common misunderstanding), and because it paralyses facial muscles, the physician must be very selective in its use if a blank expression is to be avoided.

Keywords: Botox, Eyelid Surgery, Face Lift, Nonsurgical, Non-surgical Eye Care, Skin Care

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