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What Is a Neurotoxin and How Does It Work?

When most people hear the word neurotoxin, they think it must be bad. After all, it has the word “toxin” in it. However, not all neurotoxins are dangerous. When prepared and administered properly, some neurotoxins actually offer a wide variety of amazing benefits. At Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center of Miami Beach, Florida, Dr. Martin Zaiac understand the potential of neurotoxins. Keep reading to learn how they are used in the field of cosmetic dermatology and beyond!

So What Exactly Is a Neurotoxin, and How Are Neurotoxins Different From Other Toxins?

A neurotoxin is any substance that has toxic effects on the nervous system. Neurotoxins can come from many sources, including plants, animals, and bacteria. Remember that not all neurotoxins are bad. When researched, manufactured, and administered with care, neurotoxin-based injectables help people look and feel better.

In fact, neurotoxins are used in the field of cosmetic dermatology to address fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most famous neurotoxin.

How Does Botox Cosmetic Work?

BOTOX Cosmetic works by temporarily preventing the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which is responsible for stimulating muscle contraction. When BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into the skin around the face, it blocks this chemical from reaching nerve endings and thereby prevents muscles from contracting. As a result, patients will experience smoother skin and fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

How Else Is BOTOX® Used?

Neurotoxins can have medical uses in addition to cosmetic ones. For example, some neurotoxins are used as painkillers due to their ability to block pain signals in the nervous system. Meanwhile, all local anesthetics are neurotoxins in certain doses.

Even BOTOX has uses that are not cosmetic. The therapeutic version of BOTOX is used to treat migraines, muscle stiffness,  overactive bladder, and other concerns.

Learn More About BOTOX Cosmetic and Other Neurotoxin Treatments

If you live in or around the area of Miami Beach, FL, and want to speak to our team at the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center about neurotoxin injections for cosmetic use, call 305-532-4478 today! Dr. Martin Zaiac can assist you in finding treatments that meet your needs.

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