The Quick Fix For The Dreaded Wrinkle
You might have heard of the word ‘Botox’ before. That is because a lot of celebrities undergo Botox treatments. But, what is it exactly? Well, simply put, Botox is a kind of poison that is secreted by the bacterium known as the Clostridium Botulinum.
It is actually a neurotoxin which has a scientific name of Botulinum toxin. When used in a medical sense, the toxin can be used to remove wrinkles by temporarily inducing paralysis to certain muscles.
Today, I am going to talk about all of the facts that you need to know about Botox.
What is It?
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin known as the Botulinum Toxin. It is actually acquired from Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterium that is readily found abundant in the environment- mainly in the soil, forests, and lakes.
In most cases, the bacterium is actually harmless. The problem only arises when the said bacterium transforms into spores which would then mass produce the neurotoxins to a considerable degree which can be harmful to the human population.
What is Its Main Function?
The toxin that can be extracted from Clostridium Botulinum may induce a condition known as Botulism. This disease mainly affects the respiratory tract of the person which would often result in death.
The Botulinum Toxin is actually quite deadly, with only one gram of it can be used to kill as much as 1 million people. If you were to use 2 kilograms of it, it could kill the entire human population.
Despite the horror stories about the possible negative effects of the said toxin, the Botulinum toxin has actually been well-documented and can be used as a form of treatment.
The toxin is usually utilized in small concentrations and would often be injected in specific areas (particularly in the face) to help prevent signals from the nerve cells from reaching the muscles, ultimately paralyzing them in the process. On a related note, recent research has shown that due to the paralysis effect of botox, it could be used to combat premature ejaculation, as the muscle paralysis would increase the length of time for ejaculation as well.
Our muscles can only contract after the nerves release a neurotransmitter known as Acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter would then attach itself to the receptors found on muscle cells and would then cause such cells to contract.
The Botox can actually prevent or hamper the release of Acetylcholine, thereby preventing the contraction of the muscle cells around the site of injection. Because it can help diminish the abnormal muscle contractions, the muscles would then become less stiff.
Botulinum Toxin has been used extensively in a variety of different applications. Most people who get Botox treatments do so if they want to reduce their facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Other medical applications of this toxin include the treatment of excessive sweating, leaky bladders, and even eye squints.
Other uses of Botulinum toxin include:
- Hemifacial Spasm
- Chronic Migraine
- Excessive Sweating
- Canthal Lines
- Detrusor overactivity
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Cerebral Palsy
- And Many more
Although the use of Botulinum Toxin is well-documented, there are still some instances where side effects can occur. Its side effects can range from mild nausea and headaches to numbness and flu-like symptoms.