What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum toxin as it is known in the scientific community, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When it was discovered over one hundred years ago, it was too toxic to have any beneficial use and it was not until many decades later that it was discovered that, if used in small doses, Botox could be used to treat muscle spasms.
How does Botox Work?
The Botulinum toxin is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system. Not only can decreasing stress on the nervous system prevent migraines from developing, headaches that do occur are often less severe because Botox purportedly blocks pain receptors in nerve cells.
Preparing for your test
Prior to your treatment will include filling out patient information and other forms, meeting the person who will be administering your Botox treatment, and discussing your specific expectations.
Although pain is rare and typically mild and short-lived, it may help you feel more comfortable to be ready for it. Slight redness or bruising at the injection site is even less common than discomfort, but you may still want to have a plan of attack in case you do experience either side-effect. Especially if you have sensitive skin, you can prepare by having an ice pack handy (it may help to ice before and after your Botox treatment), investing in some pancake makeup (an especially thick foundation), or planning your schedule to avoid being forced to explain any temporary bruising or redness
Remember Botox is considered one of the safest injectable on the market, and for many, the benefits far outweigh the potential risks.