Sprouts Health is a functional medicine practice that aims to improve health and help patients with complex conditions. However, some patients desire to look younger and in turn feel better. We have come up with options for these patients including Botox Treatments.
Overview – Botox® Injections
Botox® injections are used mainly for the ability to reduce the sight of facial wrinkles. They’re also used to treat various conditions including overactive bladder, neck spasms (cervical dystonia), lazy eye, and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Botox® injections may also help prevent chronic migraines in some patients.
Botox® was the first drug to use botulinum toxin. Other similar products are abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®), rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc®) and incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin®). Each is slightly different, especially when it comes to dosage units, so they are not to be considered interchangeable.
Botox® injections leverage a toxin (onobotulinumtoxinA) to temporarily inhibit a muscle from moving. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.
Botox® injections intercept specific chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause the muscles to constrict. The most frequent use of Botox® injections is to temporarily calm the facial muscles that generate wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox® injections are additionally used to treat conditions that change how the body functions. Examples include:
Hyperhidrosis. With this condition, disproportionate sweating takes place even when the temperature is not overly hot and you are not exerting yourself.
Chronic migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, Botox injections may help reduce headache frequency.
Cervical dystonia. In this painful condition, your neck muscles contract involuntarily causing your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
Lazy eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
Bladder dysfunction. Botox injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.
Eye twitching. Botox injections may help relieve the contracture or twitching of muscles around the eye.
Muscle contractures. Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections.
Botox® injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. Possible side effects and complications include:
Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
Headache or flu-like symptoms
Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
Crooked smile or drooling
Eye dryness or excessive tearing
Although very unlikely, it’s possible for the toxin in the injection to spread in your body. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to weeks after receiving Botox:
Trouble speaking or swallowing
Loss of bladder control
Doctors generally recommend against using Botox when you’re pregnant or breast-feeding. And Botox should not be used in people who are allergic to cow’s milk protein.
How you prepare
Tell your Nurse Practitioner if you’ve had any type of Botox® injection within the past four months. Also tell your Nurse Practitioner if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids or allergy medications. If you take blood thinners, you may need to stop taking them several days before your injection to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising.
What you can expect
Before the procedure
Most people don’t feel much discomfort during the procedure. But you may want your skin numbed beforehand, especially if your palms or soles are being treated for excessive sweating. Your doctor might use one or more of various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia, ice, and vibration anesthesia, which uses massage to reduce discomfort.
During the procedure
Botox® injections are usually performed in a doctor’s office. Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox® injections are usually done in a doctor’s office.
After the procedure
Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.
Botox® injections usually begin working one to three days after treatment. Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last three months or longer. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.