The Benefits of Botox and Potential Problems: The bacterium Clostridium botulinum is responsible for botulism, a horrific and potentially fatal disease that is mercifully rare in today’s society. The neurotoxic protein that the bacterium releases is known as botulinum toxin. It’s the most acutely lethal toxin to human beings. And yet people are having it injected into their faces. Why? For beauty’s sake, of course! Botulinum toxin type A has been marketed under the brand name Botox since 2002, after some daring dermatologists experimented with using it to treat frown lines between the eyebrows. Since then, type B has also been approved by the FDA, under the brand name Myobloc.
B has been shown to have a faster onset of action and to diffuse through a larger area of the face, and is now used to treat cervical dystonia, which causes painful muscles spasms in the neck.
Botulinum toxin is now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or completely eliminate them. But with such a dicey origin, is it really safe? Read on to learn about the potential benefits of Botox, and some of the problems it can cause….Continue Reading>>>>>