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Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin Injection

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Evolution of Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin Injection

The use of botulinum toxin on humans was pioneered in the 1980s. It’s use to treat wrinkles, rhytids, is now widespread and it is by far the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure. Botulinum toxin injections are not only used to approve cosmetic appearance but also to treat conditions of muscle spasticity. The toxin injected is taken from bacteria Clostridium Botulinum, the cause of medical condition Botulism, still seen in the developing world.

When processed for medical use, a small amount of botulinum toxin is injected directly into the muscle, blocking the release of neurotransmitters from the nerve endings, and prohibiting the treated muscle from contracting. For application in the treatment of facial aging, this causes relaxation of the desired muscle, keeping it from contracting and causing dynamic wrinkles. Almost any wrinkling of the face can be at least partially treated by botulinum toxin injection. After injection, it may several days to see the maximum effect, and results can last from 3 to 6 months.

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