When you think of Botox, the first thing that comes to mind is probably middle aged house wives with big puffy faces and stiff lips.
But Botox isn't just about beauty...in fact, its origins were completely therapeutic. Therapeutic Botox injections have been around for years-in fact, it was only recently approved for cosmetic uses. Botox's first intention was to be used to treat crossed eyes and then to stop eye twitching. Why? Therapeutic Botox injections relax and weaken muscles. They also stop the neurons sending impulses. This helps with any spasms that might be occurring which can then make the eye twitching stop because the muscle that is causing it is no longer receiving the impulses that cause it.For example, say that you had a friend with cerebral palsy. She's almost fully functioning except for a small limp. However, she has recurring, painful spasms in her legs. Now, depending on the duration of the spasms, these can leave her with really tight, hurting muscles, or it can cause her to have issues if they occur while she is walking such as falling or stumbling which can then cause other injuries. Needless to say, they are to a small degree debilitating. Well, therapeutic Botox injections can help with this. By getting therapeutic Botox injections it will dull the impulses that are causing the painful leg spasms.This also goes for those who are paralyzed and have back spasms because of it. They may not be debilitating in the same way that they would be for someone with cerebral palsy, but at the same time, they are still just as painful and problematic. By having therapeutic Botox injections they will not have to suffer the pain that is caused by the spasms.However, there are a few risks, as with any medical procedure. Depending on where you get the injections at. Now, most of the time these are limited to redness and a rash. However, shortness of breath can also occur along with headaches, temporary eye lid droop, nausea and flu like symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, coughing and sleepiness. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering therapeutic Botox injections. First, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or any combination of ingredients, you should avoid Botox. If you have had a reaction to two ingredients and only one is present, you still will want to be wary or avoid the injections (Sometimes you will gain a sensitivity to something by itself if you are allergic to it with something else). If you have any doubts in mind, please make sure to discuss these types of treatments with your doctor before you start them. Qualified doctors will be able to provide you with professional advice on whether to go ahead with the injections or not.
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Dr. Galia Anderson of Enhance Dental Centre in Vancouver has been Vancouver dentist for over 10 years. For more information on Botox Vancouver call 604.733.1022