What is Botox and how does it work?
“Botox” as it is commonly called, is actually botulinum toxin. It is a therapeutic agent, originally derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. When injected into a muscle, it reduces the muscle spasms by blocking the transmission of nerve signals to contract. It’s important to understand, however, that it is not a cure. It is a treatment for the relief of symptoms. Odyssey Pain Center reserves the use of botulinum toxin for medical indications(refractory chronic muscle spasms etc..) and not cosmetic.
How is the procedure performed?
Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscle through a very fine needle.
When does the effect take hold?
The effects of botulinum toxin take hold within three days of the procedure.
How long does the effect last?
A single treatment of botulinum toxin will last for approximately three to six months. As the effect starts to fade, you may return to your physician for additional treatment.The degree of relief and duration of effect will vary from person to person.
Who should not get the treatment?
If you are pregnant, if you are nursing, if you are allergic to botox or if you are on certain medications, you may be advised not to get the treatment.
Possible side effects and risks
The possible side effects of botulinum toxin include temporary weakness of muscles and discomfort at the injection site. In rare cases, people may experience low-grade fever or flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours.