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When you hear the phrase bacterial neurotoxin, you might be surprised to learn that these potent poisons, derived from bacteria, can play a key role in helping you look younger! In fact, a potent toxin from C. botulinum bacteria forms the basis of the blockbuster beauty treatment Botox and a host of other products and medications.
Botulinum toxin is not just suitable for lines and wrinkles - it’s useful in combating other types of conditions that rely on muscle relaxation:
Plastic surgery-related applications include:
The human body contains three types of muscle tissue: cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and skeletal muscle. As you might intuit, cardiac muscle is what makes up the heart. It contracts involuntarily when it receives an electrical signal from the pacemaker region of the heart.
Smooth muscle tissue is found in the walls of blood vessels and internal organs; it too contracts involuntarily. Skeletal muscle is the type you’re probably most familiar with: it makes up the muscles in the body we can control, like those in our legs and arms.
The toxin from C. botulinum bacteria can be deadly in large amounts because it binds to receptors in muscle tissue, preventing them from functioning. If you have a large amount of these toxins circulating in your blood, it can prevent the muscles necessary for breathing from moving, which can cause serious injury or death.
However, when injected in very low dosages into very specific sites, the very activity that can make the bacterial toxin deadly results in an improved aesthetic experience. In Botox treatment, the toxin is injected into lines and wrinkles. The surrounding muscle tissue relaxes, reducing the depth of the lines or wrinkles and improving their appearance.
Botulinum toxin must only be injected by a licensed clinician to decrease risk to adjacent tissues. Botulinum toxin therapy is, in fact, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S.; 7.4 million botulinum injections were performed in 2018 alone.
Once the botulinum toxin has been injected, patients can expect to see smoothing of lines and wrinkles within three to five days. The drug reaches its maximum efficacy approximately seven days following injection.
Various botulinum toxin preparations inhibit muscle contractions, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, for up to four months post-injection. It is completely safe to re-treat the same areas with botulinum after the previous dose has worn off.
Raskel Medical is proud to stock the following brands of botulinum toxin. Each has been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy and is licensed for use:
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