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What is botox?

What is botox?

Botox works because: Botox is used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles when they move. Usually it is a superficial muscle and it typically involves the facial muscles. Since wrinkles are the result of repeated movement, Botox can also creat smoother skin at rest. The trick is to give enough to smooth but not so much that there is no expression. Gives a 3-4 month affect. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more


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Is dysport just a competitor of botox? Is dysport just exactly the same thing as botox but a competing company? .

Is dysport just a competitor of botox? Is dysport just exactly the same thing as botox but a competing company? .

Very similar: Both drugs work exactly the same by blocking connection between motor nerves and muscles. Studies have not shown any statistical differences in longevity (3-4 months) or effectiveness. They are made by competing companies. My advice: go with an experienced injector at a reasonable cost. ...Read more

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What pain meds can b used to treat chronic migraine that don't cause rebound? Did Botox already still in pain.

What pain meds can b used to treat chronic migraine that don't cause rebound? Did Botox already still in pain.

Nerve blocks: It depends if you got some relief. I would ask your neurologist or medical headache doctor about nerve blocks. A response to either botox or nerve blocks would mean that you are a candidate for surgical headache treatment. Talk to your neurologist about these options, and seek out an experienced surgeon to talk about the procedures with you. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing from "writers cramp". Doctors have prescribed botox injection as remedy.?

I have been experiencing from "writers cramp". Doctors have prescribed botox injection as remedy.?

Hand surgeon?: This is a very rare and off label indication for the use. Improper injection technique could lead to hand malfunction. See certified hand surgeon first. ...Read more

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What's it's like to use botox?

What's it's like to use botox?

A pinch: Botox injections feel like a slight pinch at the area of the needle. Results become apparent over the next 1-2 weeks. Results last for 3-4 months. Wrinkles in treated areas will become less apparent or even totally disappear. Very safe and very effective! ...Read more

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Hello, my friend has meige's syndrome, she ever used botox several times in china, but not working, what is your suggestion on treatment next? Thank

Hello, my friend has meige's syndrome, she ever used botox several times in china, but not working, what is your suggestion on treatment next? Thank

Meige's Syndrome: Unfortunately, there is no cure or prevention for meige's syndrome. Palliative treatments are available, such as muscle injections.
Rec.: east-west integrative medicine has been known to help. ...Read more

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How effective is botox in treating headache?

Depends: Some types of headaches can be responsive to botox. Be aware that headaches have a variety of sources and should be investigated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is botox safe?

Yes: Botox has been used for years in many medical applications. The amount of Botox used for the typical cosmetic treatment of moderate expression lines of the face is 1/10 to 1/3 the amount used in other medical conditions. The biggest contraindications for the general healthy public include pregnancy and breast feeding or active infection at the site of treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it safe to get botox at a med spa? Can I safely get botox at my local mall med spa, or do I really need to go to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon? .

Is it safe to get botox at a med spa? Can I safely get botox at my local mall med spa, or do I really need to go to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon? .

Depends: The skill and experience of the injector does make a difference. What are the qualifications of your provider at the spa? ...Read more

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How dangerous is botox, and can accupuncture help with cervical dystonia, I'm 22 years old, ?

Not usually: Botox in the usual therapeutical doses has little side effects although there have been headaches reported after Botox injections. As for acupuncture I have no idea although I suspect that any benefit if at all would be very temporary. ...Read more

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What are the medical benefits of botox, curare, neostigmine, atropine?

What are the medical benefits of botox, curare, neostigmine, atropine?

Very broad question: You have asked a very broad question and therefore difficult to answer. ...Read more

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I get botox shot for frequent urination came from side effect of a med. Vesicare (solifenacin) didn't work can the shot be done before 6 months? Take another med?

I get botox shot for frequent urination came from side effect of a med. Vesicare (solifenacin) didn't work can the shot be done before 6 months? Take another med?

Yes: FDA recommends at least 12 weeks between injections. Vesicare (solifenacin) is only 1 of the meds. That can be tried for OAB. OAB if you have 2 of:urinate 8 timess a day & 2times a night, urgent urination often, leak urine frequently.
Botox take about 2 wk to work. May last up to 8mos. Pills give more dry mouth. Botox gives more UTIs & more need for catheterization than pills. I hope this inf is helpful. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the side effects of botox?

How can I reduce the side effects of botox?

Botox Side Effects: Avoid blood thinners prior to treatment. Consider arnica montana if you tend to bruise easily. Ice the treatment area for a few minutes prior to reduce the chance of bruising and any discomfort. Avoid massaging the treated area for 2 days and consider avoiding significant cardiovascular activities for 24 hours. If you are experiencing any side effects (which would be rare) return to your provider. ...Read more

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I need some information please!? How long is botox in the system?

2-6 months: Botox is a neuromusclular paralyzing protein that binds irreversibly to acetylcholine receptors in the muscles where it is injected. The effects are not permanent because each of us "grow" new receptors, usually within 3-4 months, but occasionally quicker or slower (2-6 months). If injected precisely it does not "travel" or have effects elsewhere in the body. ...Read more

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How long do the affects of botox last? I've heard that botox is not a permanent fix. How often would I have to get it?

Thank: Thank you for your question. Botox typically last 3-4 months after treatment for facial wrinkles. Some patients are lucky where the results last much longer. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a Botox specialist help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki. ...Read more

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Will botox prevent me from getting skin diseases later in life?

No: Botox helps to prevent deepening or worsening of certain lines or wrinkles that are caused by facial expression or frowning. It also helps with excessive sweating and migraine headaches. Does not prevent skin diseases however. ...Read more

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When botox is used on the bladder is there any way to help flush it out of your system/ help it wear off faster?

When botox is used on the bladder is there any way to help flush it out of your system/ help it wear off faster?

Duration of Boto: Botox usually lasts 2-4 months. There is no known method of causing it to wear off faster. ...Read more

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I would like to know if botox injections are safe since I have RA and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab).Thank you?

I would like to know if botox injections are safe since I have RA and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab).Thank you?

Assuming...: If you are getting the Botox for justifiable medical reasons, there is no contraindications with taking both mtx and/or humira! Ask your rheumatology specialist, if your pcp is unsure. But I see no issue! ...Read more

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Laparoscopic incision infection and facial botox interactions? Can I still get botox if my incision is infected and will any antibiotics affect botox

Laparoscopic incision infection and facial botox interactions? Can I still get botox if my incision is infected and will any antibiotics affect botox

Yes, you can still: Get your botox/dysport injections. Antibiotics will not effect toxin treatment, it is a very localized reaction. Might check out Dysport if you haven't before. Works faster (2-3 days), lasts at least the same if not longer, less bruising due to less volume in each injection, and much cheaper! ...Read more

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How much botox do doctors use?

How much botox do doctors use?

Botox "dosing": The amount of Botox an injector uses will depend on the area (muscles) being treated. Typically 20-30 units for the areas between the brows, 10-20 units in the forehead, 6-10 units per crows feet, etc. Your doctor can let you know how much you specifically need. ...Read more

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How many mg do I need for botox injection?

How many mg do I need for botox injection?

Units: Botulinum toxins are measured in units. Depending upon which muscles/wrinkles you seek to treat, the dose will vary. ...Read more

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What is botox?

Botox works because: Botox is used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles when they move. Usually it is a superficial muscle and it typically involves the facial muscles. Since wrinkles are the result of repeated movement, Botox can also creat smoother skin at rest. The trick is to give enough to smooth but not so much that there is no expression. Gives a 3-4 month affect. ...Read more

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Is botox safe?

Yes: Botox has been used for years in many medical applications. The amount of Botox used for the typical cosmetic treatment of moderate expression lines of the face is 1/10 to 1/3 the amount used in other medical conditions. The biggest contraindications for the general healthy public include pregnancy and breast feeding or active infection at the site of treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is botox safe?

Is botox safe?

Yes: Like any product, its safety of the is dependent upon and responsive to the person administering it & it's quality. Botox is a purified protein that alters the muscles ability to cause lines and deep wrinkles around the outer eyes and forehead.
Choose a physician wisely and do not go overboard with removing all lines or wrinkles. Animation is good! Be smart!
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Is botox good?

Is botox good?

Yes: Botox is a purified protein that is used to soften wrinkles of the forehead and those on the outer lids (crows feet). Ideally, the muscular motion that contribute to these lines will be softened leaving a relaxed and pretty appearance. Good Botox should still allow some animation. Www. Artofplasticsurgery. Com ...Read more

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Does botox hurt?

Typically: The needles is very skinny and short so likely a tiny pinch but needs to be placed in a few locations. ...Read more

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What is botox made from?

What is Botox?: Botox is a medication consisting of a purified protein product of the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Botox like so many other medications has been purified from a protein found in nature. When used at the appropriate injectable doses, Botox has a very consistent & predictable effect on target tissues in the body (muscles and sweat glands). ...Read more