What is botulinum toxin used for? This is the question our patients ask us.
Botulinum toxin is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments today. And its fame has grown because many personalities such as film and television stars fearlessly claim to have used it to preserve their beauty. But what is botulinum toxin used for specifically? Here we tell you.
But first let’s understand what botulinum toxin is
This is a safe neurotoxin that acts on nerves and muscles for medical and aesthetic purposes. It is used by injecting small amounts into specific muscles to smooth wrinkles, prevent migraines, and treat a wide range of other medical conditions.
A bacteria called Clostridium botulinum (type A bacteria) produces the neurotoxins used in botulinum toxin injections. For optimal safety and effectiveness, botulinum toxin is produced in laboratories with high processing standards. Technicians dilute and sterilize botulinum toxins for effective use in cosmetic treatments.
Botulinum toxin works like this
This attenuates nerve signals to the muscles. As a result, the injected muscles relax. These effects are always temporary, but can last for several months. The muscle injected depends on the main area of interest. Several areas can be treated in a single session.
What is Botulinum Toxin used for and what aesthetic conditions can it treat?
Cosmetic botulinum toxin injections are used in facial rejuvenation procedures, that is, to treat signs of aging. This treatment can soften expression lines and wrinkles in various parts of the face such as:
- Eyes (crow’s feet).
- Jaw line.
Botulinum toxin is also used to treat other medical conditions.
Botulinum toxin has been used for decades in the medical industry. These injections may be recommended for the treatment of:
- Excessive muscle contractions (dystonia).
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
- Eyelid tremors.
- Chronic migraines.
- Overactive bladder.
- Pediatric spasticity of the upper limb.
- Adult spasticity.
- Cervical dystonia.
Botulinum toxin is also used to treat pain.
Many health professionals recommend botulinum toxin for pain management because it blocks nerve signals that control muscle activity, resulting in relaxation and pain relief.
Botulinum toxin injections may be useful in treating:
- Neck Pain.
- Jaw pain.
- Nerve pain.
- Sciatica pain.
- Neuropathy (peripheral neuropathy).
- Pelvic pain.
- Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMD).
- Joint pain.
- TMJ pain.
Is botulinum toxin safe?
The resounding answer is yes. Botulinum toxin is generally safe when administered by a trained professional like Dr. María Fernanda Benavides. Contact us if you want to learn more about its benefits and how we can use it to preserve your beauty by delaying the signs of aging.