BOTOX Treatments in Utica, NY
Looking for botox treatments in Utica, NY? Botox is a protein that, when used correctly and in small doses, has a range of medical and therapeutic applications. Most commonly, botox injections are used for reducing skin wrinkles, but it can also be used to treat crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, and some bladder disorders. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
What is BOTOX?
Botox comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium found in soil, lakes, forests, and the intestinal tracts of some mammals and fish. When found in nature, these bacteria are mostly harmless. Eventually, they produce botulinum toxin, which can be very dangerous in high times.
Botulinum toxin – where the botox protein is synthesized from – is safe and has very few side effects when used in a therapeutic context, per the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD).
Versions of Botox used commercially include:
The term Botox is often used interchangeably for all of these products, but Botox is the registered trademark of Allergan Inc.
- Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA)
- Dyspot (abobotulinumtoxinA)
- Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA)
How does Botox work?
Botox is a neurotoxin which targets the nervous system and disrupts the nerve signalling processes that lead to muscle contraction. This leads to temporary muscle paralysis.
Botox injections can prevent the release of the chemical messenger acetylcholine, which can stop muscle cells from contracting. This also reduces abnormal muscle contraction, making the muscles less stiff.
What is it used for?
Most commonly, Botox is used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The effects are temporary, often lasting between 3 to 12 months.
The most common facial areas targeted by Botox treatments include:
- Frown lines
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Horizontal creases along the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- “Cobblestone” skin on the chin
Botox has also been FDA approved for other conditions such as:
- Crossed eyes/strabismus
- Eyelid spasms/blepharospasm
- Cervical dystonia
- Excessive sweating/primary focal hyperhidrosis
Off-label treatments that use Botox injections include:
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Raynaud syndrome