Botox® is a medication that comes from a bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. Although it is actually a toxin, it can be used in small amounts to help doctor's treat many different health problems. It can be used effectively to reduce visible lines and wrinkles in the face, head, and neck. Doctors have also been able to successfully use it to treat certain degrees of TMJ and other conditions that affect the joints. Botox® has been used for several years in the cosmetic surgery industry to help restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Over the years, doctor's discovered that it could be successfully used treat chronic migraines, excessive blinking and other health concerns associated with the face.
Botox® is injected into the skin in areas where additional volume may be needed. It can be placed in the forehead, cheeks, near the eyes, and the corners of the mouth to help fill out areas of skin where wrinkles are beginning to form. It can also be injected into the area near the jaw to help correct and maintain proper jaw function if a person has TMJ or another disorder that is affecting how the jaw works. Botox® injections are relatively painless and rarely cause side effects. The main side effects that are commonly reported by users have to do with tenderness near the injection site and flu-like symptoms.
Botox® treatments will last for varying amounts of time depending on the amount used and where it is injected. Areas around the eyes, nose, and mouth where the muscles are constantly moving may need to be treated more frequently than areas like the forehead and neck. Injections can last anywhere from three to six months or longer. Individuals with chronic illnesses like TMJ may need to receive injections on a regular basis if the condition continues to worsen. The length of time a Botox® injection lasts will also be determined by the condition of the tissues around the area to be treated.
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