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The Uses for Botulinum Toxin

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Botulinum Toxin (BTXA) has become well known around the world. It has been approved as treatment for multiple health conditions. These range from muscles spasms and incontinence to chronic migraines. Medical research continues to explore the possibilities in treating the symptoms associated with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Despite its many uses, Botulinum Toxin continues to be most famous for its use in aesthetic medicine. As it is generally considered safe and affordable it has risen to be a popularly requested non-surgical procedure.

It is important to understand the dangers behind Botulinum Toxin to make informed choices, minimize risks, and achieve the best results if treated using BTXA.

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Diluted Botulinum Toxin

BTXA is sold to health care providers in its pure crystalline form. For it to become ready to use; it must be mixed meticulously in strict accordance with specific ratio instructions.

Unethical or unscrupulous aesthetic practioners may deliberately alter these proportions. By diluting the product they can either charge a client for more than they will actually receive while seemingly using the correct ml dosage or in some cases offer treatment at unusually low ‘bargain’ prices. They may do this to make their supply last longer and increase their margin of profit.

The danger in diluted Botulinum Toxin is twofold. Firstly, BTXA is approved for use under specific guidelines and when these guidelines are not followed safety is compromised. Secondly, if a client receives diluted BTXA they will not experience the possible full effect and thus they may seek to increase their dosage & treatment frequency as well as not wait the suggested amount of time before repeating the procedure. This activity would potentially increase the chance of experiencing negative side effects from treatment.

An upsetting result of this scenario is that the treatment benefit is not accomplished.

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Improperly Stored Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin arrives in sterile single-use glass vials. As a chemical compound it requires specific transportation conditions as well as storage using approved methods.

Unopened BTXA requires cold storage both in transit and onsite.

Manufactures recommend that it is stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius to assure that the chemical compound remains stable and safe.

As with all prescription drugs BTXA should not be used after the expiration date.

Botulinum Toxin that has been mixed for treatment should be transparent, colourless, and completely free of any particulate matter. Reconstituted compound should be used within 24 hours.

Improperly stored Botulinum Toxin is not considered to be safe as the compound may have changed. It is not recommended that improperly stored BTXA be used. Improper storage can influence treatment results causing them to be lacklustre and/or fade more quickly. Therefore, the transportation & storage of the substance are of the utmost importance.

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Authenticity Matters

When Botulinum Toxin first came onto the market it was solely produced by one pharmaceutical company. Since that time other companies have begun to produce registered generic versions of Botulinum Toxin under their own trade names. Approved and registered products from reputable and trusted drug companies are the only safe products.

The demand for Botulinum Toxin has driven the production of black-market unapproved products which claim to offer the same benefits at a much lower price. These products are unfit for use and one should be aware that they exist.

To avoid receiving unsafe, second rate treatments with BTXA imposters choose a qualified medical doctor who specializes in treatment using Botulinum Toxin. Know what products are being used and insist on only reputable and approved products obtained from registered suppliers.

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Avoid Unnecessary Risk

Choosing a reputable and trustworthy doctor is of utmost importance.  Select a doctor who has not only been in business for some time but who can also provide references and testimonials from satisfied clients.

Honour your intuition! If you have a consultation with a provider who tries to pressure you into treatment or offers deals that seem too good to be true, they very well might be. If they are unprofessional or unwilling to answer your questions regarding what products they use, it may pay to be suspicious. If their office does not appear sterile be wary as poor sanitation increases the risk of infection.

 

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