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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injection (Overview)

Botox is a medicine that causes muscles to relax. It is commonly used to improve the appearance of deep facial lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows. It is also used to relieve migraine, and in certain conditions that involve muscle spasm.


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What's the difference between dysport and botox? I understand they both use the botulinum toxin. So how is dysport different? .

What's the difference between dysport and botox? I understand they both use the botulinum toxin. So how is dysport different?

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Botox : Botox and Dysport are two brands of the same product. Both are derived from the same subtype of botulinum toxin. Dysport may set up a little faster, but essentially they are equally effective. Small variations my be found from person to person. I have some patients who one will work for better than the other, but for most people the differences are not noticeable. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
934 doctors shared insights

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injection (Overview)

Botox is a medicine that causes muscles to relax. It is commonly used to improve the appearance of deep facial lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows. It is also used to relieve migraine, and in certain conditions that involve muscle spasm.


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What are side effects after botox (botulinum toxin type a)?

What are side effects after botox (botulinum toxin type a)?

Botox Side Effects: Very rare to have any side effects at all. In my experience of 1000's of injections the most common occurrences are mild discomfort at the injection site (seconds to minutes), mild swelling or redness (seconds to minutes), bleeding (drop), bruising (mild), unsatisfactory result (<5%) (over or under corrected), drooping eyelid (exceedingly rare), allergic (exceedingly rare). ...Read more

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How do botulinum toxin injections work?

How do botulinum toxin injections work?

Weakens muscle actio: Botox works to weaken muscle function by blocking the connection between the nerve and the muscle. The Botox action slowly is reversed and eventually the normal muscle action returns. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on treating my Dyshidrosis with botulinum toxin injections? My hands are chronic and my feet are tolerable. Corticosteroid is useless.

Any thoughts on treating my Dyshidrosis with botulinum toxin injections? My hands are chronic and my feet are tolerable. Corticosteroid is useless.

Which steroid?: You are likely to be disappointed with botox. Do you have psoriasis or dyshidrotic eczema or pustulosis palmaris? You may respond to clobetasol gel rubbed in twice a day. Prednisone is very well tolerated if used in small doses never 2 days in a row. Sometimes people learn to take Prednisone when in exacerbation. Typical would be 10 or 20mg M-W-F for only a few doses. ...Read more

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What are some of the possible effects of intravenous botulinum toxin?

Many and serious: Botulinum toxins should never be injected intravenous. The side effects will be related to where the medication gets to: if it gets to swallowing muscles then swallowing will be a problem, if breathing muscles then breathing will be difficult. In high enough doses it can result in death. If recognized promptly supportive care can be provided until the effect wears off. ...Read more

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Is botulinum toxin harmful? Does dose matter?

Is botulinum toxin harmful? Does dose matter?

FDA approved: Botulinum toxin is not harmful when used as recommended. Botox, Botox cosmetic, dysport, xeomin, (incobotulinumtoxin a) Myobloc (botulinum toxin b) are examples of botulinum products that are fda approved and have been used worldwide in many millions of people with few significant ill-effects. Dosing does matter. More is not better. ...Read more

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Can botulinum toxin be used to treat strabismus ?

Can  botulinum toxin be used to treat strabismus  ?

Useful/not a cure: Botox is used to help prevent contracture in acquired strabismus while nerves regenerate. Thus it can help the long term result. But it simply paralyzes a muscle but does not cure or improve actual function. A strabismic oriented ophthalmologist can be very helpful if you have newly acquired strabismus. ...Read more

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I am struggling with a veginismus. I would like to know about the botox toxin injection will help as most drs said it will relax the Virginias muscles?

Please read this:: http://archive.today/MhVoH While there's no question BOTOX can work for vaginismus and is FDA approved there are definite downsides to its use. First question is whether or not you've gone through other treatments, counseling, or approaches or was BOTOX the first thing recommended? What is the plan to address the associated psychological issues associated with vaginismus? BOTOX doesn't treat that ...Read more

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I have veginismus. would botox help? many Drs say that botox toxin injection will release the Virginias spasming and help the virginas muscles relax

Possibly: It could certainly help. It is worth a try because the effects are reversible so it is extremely unlikely for there to be any long-term side effects. ...Read more

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Can a botched botox injection cause permanent nerve damage? I am thinking of getting botox in my forehead. Should i be concerned that injecting a toxin like this could possiblye cause permanent nerve damage? .

Can a botched botox injection cause permanent nerve damage? I am thinking of getting botox in my forehead.  Should i be concerned that injecting a toxin like this could possiblye cause permanent nerve damage?

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Injection : Injection of Botox in a prescribe manner as approved by the fda should not cause permanent injury to a nerve unless the nerve is pierced or transected by the needle (highly unlikely). Botox works by permanently inactivating the junction between motor nerves and the muscle they innervate. This causes a transient paralysis of the muscle leading to a smoother appearance, or, in the case of temporal headaches, relief from pain. Recovery from the effects of botox, usually in 3 to 4 months depending upon the dose and location, occurs as new nerve endings reconnect to the muscle allowing it it function again. There are some case reports that repeated injections can cause permanent relaxation of the muscle. ...Read more

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How often would i need botox injections for facial wrinkles? I've read that botox is not dangerous, but i'm nervous about having a toxin injected into my face regularly. If there are complications, are they due to the amount or frequency of treatments? Wh

How often would i need botox injections for facial wrinkles? I've read that botox is not dangerous, but i'm nervous about having a toxin injected into my face regularly. If there are complications, are they due to the amount or frequency of treatments? Wh

~4 months: It varies on male and female and the number of units injected but Botox on average will last about 120 days. The amount of Botox on average injected into a face is ~40 units, amount to cause paralysis of the body ~3, 000. Some complications can occur, can discuss with your provider-depends on where it is injected. ...Read more

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How painful are botox injections? Are botox injections very painful? What is done to reduce the pain of injections? .

Minimal discomfort: Botox injections are usually not painful. Tiny injections are used to target specific muscles to relax them. In our office, we usually use ice before and after the injection to minimize discomfort. Botox treatments only take a few minutes to complete and the results last 3-4 months. It's worth it! ...Read more

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Has anyone had botox injections for intractable neural itch?

Has anyone had botox injections for intractable neural itch?

Neurologic symptoms: Botox has an effect of blocking neurologic transmitters. It could be used for long term treatment of chronic skin irritation, but it is not an fda indication. One can first test for the etiology of such a problem by taking a good history, and using a steroid cream for topical treatments. Remember that Botox acts on the neural chemical release mechanism, stabilizing neuronal membranes .Itblocks all. ...Read more

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With Botox injections for OAB, will these need to repeated forever? or will it eventually cure the OAB?

With Botox injections for OAB, will these need to repeated forever? or will it eventually cure the OAB?

Over/Active/Bladder: YES Botox injections are metabolized over a definitive time period (4 to 9 months). Best to discuss with your GU doc... ...Read more

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Will a botox injection help with spasticity from a stroke:?

Will a botox injection help with spasticity  from a stroke:?

Yes: However that is a decision you and your rehab doctor need to make regarding how the decrease in spasticity will affect you. Sometimes this spasticity is needed to function, so if you get less functional then your may need to reconsider botox's role in your treatment for your stroke. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a botox injections?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a botox injections?

Unlikely: Depends on the physician and the indication for the botox. For most cosmetic Botox injections, no lab work (blood tests) are needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a brow lift and having botox injections?

Some over lap: Botox will soften lines and wrinkles and calm down overactive muscles. A brow lift repositions the low lying brows, smoothes the forehead wrinkles and calms the muscle bulge between the brows. Botox temporizes the problem with a brow lift the results are longer lasting. ...Read more

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How can I find botox or restaloyne injections for less than those offered at the dermatologists?

How can I find botox or restaloyne injections for less than those offered at the dermatologists?

Cautious consumer: On average the cost is about $12-$20 per unit in the usa. Finding bargain basement discount pricing is risky business in that, the Botox may possibly be overdiluted(watered down), decreasing efficacy and safety of the Botox administered. There is only one manufacturer for Botox cosmetic in the usa and that is allergan. At TLC aesthetics tampa, we only purchase Botox exclusively by allergan. ...Read more

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Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


Dr. Janice Wiesman
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Botulinum Toxin (Definition)

Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria may enter the body through wounds, or they may live in improperly ...Read more