Botox® serum is derived from a natural neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin A. When prepared under strict laboratory controls, this substance can be injected and is an effective treatment option for a wide range of conditions caused by overactive muscles. Most people know about Botox® as a cosmetic treatment for facial lines and wrinkles, but there are numerous medical applications. There are other formulations of botulinum toxin including Xeomin and Myobloc (which is toxin B); Dr. Kavanagh makes these formulations available if a patient has a preference.
Botox® injections cause a temporary, mild weakness of the overactive muscle. This effect usually begins about 10 days after the injections and will last for about 10 weeks. The injections can be repeated every 3 months if the problem recurs. When the doctor recommends Botox® treatment for migraine, dystonia, spasticity, tremor, or excess saliva, the office staff will verify prior authorization from your insurance company.
Some people have pain at the injection sites for a day or two. In our office, the patient’s skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic before the injection, and he or she can take Tylenol before or after the injections. Patients who are receiving injections to the face may have some redness at the injection sites which usually resolves in 2 to 3 hours.
Complications are rare, but the most frequent risk of Botox® is an excessive weakness of a muscle. When this happens, the effect will wear off over 2 to 3 months. A very rare but serious complication is spread of the toxin to other tissues. This risk can be controlled by giving very small amounts in the initial treatment session. Patients with known neuromuscular disease or who have multiple medical problems may not be good candidates for Botox®. Patients are encouraged to visit the website of www.botoxmedical.com and click on the condition you are considering treatment for, to see a more complete discussion of risks.
We accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Jody if you do not see your insurance provider listed.