Everybody is looking for ways to appear younger and have glowing skin, so chances are you may have talked to your dermatologist about treatments like collagen injections or botox, which is also known as botulinum toxin type A. Here is some important information about the procedure that you will need to know before you undergo the process, as well as how to make the treatments more cost-effective for you.
Botulinum Toxin Type A Treatment
Botulinum toxin type A is a neuro-toxin that is injectable, and is labeled as a toxin because it inhibits the natural muscle and nerve functions of the face. The facial muscles that are injected become paralyzed, and this helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. While this has proven to be an effective beauty treatment, especially in recent years, there are also a number of other medical uses that doctors use botulinum toxin type A for that have helped a number of patients with serious medical conditions.
Cervical dystonia, which is characterized by spasms in the neck muscles, is one of the conditions that are treated with the injection. When patients receive a series of injections of botulinum toxin type A, severe neck pain is reduced, and the patient is able to place the head in a more normal position.
Patients with lazy or crossed eyes can also benefit from botulinum toxin type A. Doctors inject the medicine into the muscles of the eye to create more alignment for the face, and to prevent muscle spasms in the eye area that can cause severe nerve damage.
This type of treatment is not available in generic form, and the dosages should be individualized. The lowest most effective dose should be used during each treatment, and most patients start to see results as early as three days, but some muscle improvements will not be seen for two weeks.
Botox Botulinum Toxin Type A Side Effects
Whether you are using botulinum toxin type A for cosmetic purposes, or to treat a more serious medical condition, it is also important for you to go over the possible side effects with your dermatologist.
If you are using the injections to treat problems with the eye, you may find that you are especially sensitive to light for a few days after treatment, or that your eye will tear more easily. Skin reactions can include itching and redness, and you may even find that you have slight pain in the neck after the injection. If you start to experience nausea, extreme weakness, or have difficulty swallowing, you should talk to your doctor right away to find effective and emergency methods for treatment.
For more information on botulinum toxin type A, as well as health insurance information (most plans will view the process as ‘cosmetic’ unless you are using the medicine for the reasons listed above) from the Internet Drug Index.