Botox or Botulinum Toxin is actually a drug that is prepared from a neurotoxin which is produced by a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. When injected, it has the power to paralyze the muscles temporarily. It is used cosmetically in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines and also medically to treat various muscular conditions.
The above video is a clip where Dr. Rashmi Manjunath, senior dermatologist at Nu Cosmetic Clinic, answers a few important questions about Botox. Here is a gist of the Q & A session:
Does Botox work well as an anti-aging treatment?
We, at Nu Cosmetic Clinic, use Botox as a treatment for eliminating wrinkles and fine lines, says Dr. Rashmi. She says that apart from eliminating these anti-aging symptoms Botox also helps in smoothening the skin. Dr. Rashmi says that she has noticed anti-aging symptoms showing up very early in some of her clients who do not take good care of their skin, over expose it to the sun, do not follow a good diet and lead an unhealthy lifestyle. However, she assures that she would never use Botox to treat the skin of a 17 year old. The treatment is meant for those who are 20 years and above.
What period of time does Botox stay for?
To this question Dr. Rashmi says that it stays normally for about four to six months. After this, there is a need to reboot or inject it again into the skin. Nevertheless, she says that with time it is possible that it starts staying for longer durations.
How safe is Botox as a treatment?
The answer that Dr. Rashmi gives for this question is that Botox is extremely safe as a procedure. She has clients who come to her during lunch time and get it done within about twenty minutes. One thing she says is that the person who administers Botox has to be trained and should have full knowledge of the anatomy of the face. This will help him/her to understand where to inject the drug. Otherwise, she says there is absolutely no problem with getting Botox administered.
Are there any other indications where Botox can be administered, say, excessive sweating?
Before giving the answer to this question, Dr. Rashmi delves into the history of Botox. She talks about its discovery by an ophthalmic surgeon. While using it for some other purpose, this ophthalmic surgeon accidentally discovered that the wrinkles and lines of his patient had vanished. This discovery, she says, created a revolution in the cosmetic industry. However, she says, Botox can be used for a number of things such as muscular conditions, tics and various other neurological disorders. She affirms that she has been using Botox to treat the problem of excessive sweating in many of her clients.
She says that Botox has not only helped her clients be free from their problem it has also given a boost to their self-esteem. Nevertheless, she says, the results in this case last only for about two to three months, after which it will have to be injected again.