Botox is made from toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems. It is now routinely used by plastic surgeons to soften facial lines by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin, and is also used during surgery to immobilize muscles.
- Temporary removal of facial wrinkles
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
- Children with cerebral palsy have been shown to benefit from injections of botulinum toxin (botox), the toxin, which is injected into calf muscles, can help youngsters to walk better.