19 Feb Botox
Hello, my wonderful people, this is Dr..betsy with you and welcome to ‘my happy skin”. We are going to discuss something a bit different today. A few viewers have written in to ask if I do botox and what exactly is BOTOX? First things first..yes I am a dermatologist, I do botox and I’m trained in it.
What is botox though? It’s a very interesting story on how scientists discovered botox. So, botox actually comes from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. Scientists isolated this proten and started treating it for cross-eyes or strabismus in the 1970s. Coincidentally they noticed that forehead lines disappeared specifically glabellar lines. This started the multi-million dollar industry. Today, botox is the single cosmetic procedure done the most across the world.
Basically botox is a neurotoxin which blocks some neurotransmitters. These are what causes the muscles to line and wrinkle. When blocked by botox they stop contracting and so no wrinkles. This however does not last forever. The body produces new transmitters in 3-6 months and so you need to repeat it after that. Botox can also block some pain neurotransmitters and thats why we can use it for migraine. It’s also very effective for sweating esp underarm sweating and effects can last up to 6 months. So, once you start doing it you probably would need to keep doing it every few months to see results, which is really your choice.
So I hope that clears a few things up.