Even people who have never entered a facial cosmetic clinic to receive Botox injections are familiar with the name and what it can do. Botulinum toxin for the purpose of smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles is well known, thanks to magazine and newspaper articles, social media, and TV talk shows. What people probably don’t know is that Botox was approved for many medical uses long before being approved for cosmetic use. Botulinum toxin is a protein derived from bacteria and has been used therapeutically for several decades.
There are many different strains of Botulinum toxin, but type A is the bacteria that has the ability to block over-active nerve impulses that cause excessive muscle activity or glandular activity. When the proper amount of Botulinum toxin is injected, it can reduce the frequency of urination due to an overactive bladder, reduce severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis), treat abnormal spasms of the eyelid (blepharospasms), and other eye muscle disorders as well as upper limb spasticity.