Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although this bacterium can be extremely dangerous if a person eats it, it seems to be completely harmless as a cosmetic product. Its popular name is Botox, which is also a trade name for botulinum toxin.
The most popular use of Botox is in cosmetics. It was first developed for treating facial spasms, first of all in the eye. Soon after it was approved for the treatment of spasms, it was found out it has cosmetic effect on wrinkles – it reduces the crow\' eye and superficial wrinkles thanks to its freezing effect. Since a person cannot move his or her face, he or she does not emphasize the wrinkle, so it is hardly seen. Botox is also used in treating hyperhidrosis, a condition of excessive sweating. People usually use antiperspirants for this problem, but they do not have significant effect for severe cases of hyperhidrosis. Botox solves this problem and effects of one injection can last for up to several months. Botox is used efficiently for treating migraine headaches. In the case of migraines, Botox has no side-effects in contrast to other medications. It is thought that Botox blocks nerves that transfer the pain to the brain, and since it freezes muscles, it also relaxes them. According to people\'s Testimonies, their pain was halved, and side-effect of loose skin in the injection site is insignificant when compared to the benefits, and is easily avoided by changing the point of injection. Another benefit of Botox concerns men in particular. Those with prostate problems, urinary tract infections and the need for frequent urinating in particular, feel relief after getting the injection into the prostate gland. The effect of Botox in this case lasts much longer than the effect it has in cosmetics. In this case it is up to a year, and in the meanwhile it has no side-effects. It is speculated that Botox might even be useful for treatment of the pain caused by arthritis. Studies have shown that after receiving Botox, people who suffered from various kinds of arthritis felt a relief that lasted from three months to a year. Now people have to wait for this use of Botox to be approved by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration.
Problems with Botox
Puffiness and loose skin caused by frozen muscles can be easily corrected, but, there is a chance a person develops allergy to Botox. For this reason in particular the injection of Botox should always be administered by a trained doctor. The most obvious problem with Botox is that it freezes the face so the person is not able to show any feeling through facial expressions. Although the person looks younger, he or she seems a bit less human.