Botox® is an injectable filler that is used to stimulate the production of collagen and return elasticity and resilience to the skin and the underlying tissues. The serum is made from a neurotoxin, botulinum toxin A, that paralyzes the muscles in the area creating a chain reaction that stimulates the creation of collagen and firms the skin. Botox® is used for both cosmetic and medical purposes and has minimal side effects. Botox® was first noted for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases. Over time, it was used to add volume to lips, fill in hollowed areas of the cheeks, and give skin a more youthful glow.
Botox® has several reported side effects, but the majority are very mild and tend to disappear within a few days of the procedure. The most common side effects include those that appear at the injection site. Redness, swelling, itching, bruising, and tenderness to the touch are expected. Other side effects include headaches, dizziness, muscle stiffness, muscle weakness, neck and back pain, and flu-like symptoms that include fever, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sore throat. Most doctors recommend reporting any side effects to their office immediately as they occur, so they can be closely monitored.
Botox® can be used for both cosmetic procedures and medical purposes. Because it has a paralyzing effect on muscles, it can be an effective tool in many pain management programs. Injecting Botox® into an arthritic joint, for example, will stimulate the production of collagen that supports the tissues in the joint. The serum also paralyzes the muscle tissues in the area, reducing the severity of the pain and discomfort that is often associated with this type of condition. While the initial response may be swelling and tenderness, after a few days' time, the pain will be reduced and the joint will be able to move more efficiently.