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What is the botulinum toxin injection made from?
The botulinum toxin injection is a medication containing highly-diluted toxin produced by a species of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.
What is the botulinum toxin injection used for?
The injection can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. It is effective in smoothing out facial wrinkles and treating muscular problems such as facial tics, incontinence and spasticity.
What medical uses does a botulinum toxin injection have?
Botulinum toxin injections have been shown to be effective in the treatment of medical conditions caused by muscular problems. These include disorders such as strokes, anal fissures, voice tremors, facial tics and spasms and …
How is a botulinum toxin injection performed?
Botox is administered as an injection to select areas to cause the desired effects. The injection is made using a fine needle, often just under the skin to reach superficial muscles. When performed for cosmetic reasons, it is commonly done in …
How does a botulinum toxin injection work?
Botox works by blocking the release of an important chemical, known as acetylcholine, at the connections between nerves and muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting and allows them to remain in a relaxed state. The effects can take a …
How long has the botulinum toxin injection been practiced?
The treatment using botulinum toxin injections for medical conditions was approved in the 1980s. For cosmetic treatments, the injections have been performed since the early 2000s.
How long does a botulinum toxin injection last?
The effect from the injection of the toxin lasts between three and six months.
Is a botulinum toxin injection safe?
When performed by qualified professionals, Botox injections are generally safe.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Botulinum toxin injection