Botulinum toxin (more commonly known as botox®) has been widely used in the medical field for decades. From treating headaches to smoothing facial wrinkles, botulinum toxin is intertwined with our current culture and society. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin injections were the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States in 2018.
Many new medical uses are currently being studied and are pending approval, as well. There are a number of names for botulinum toxins A and B, which are used for medical and cosmetic reasons alike. Jeuveau®, Botox®, and Xeomin® are brand names for botulinum toxin A, whereas Myobloc® is the brand name for botulinum toxin B. For the remainder of this piece unless otherwise noted, we will simply refer to all botulinum toxins as botox®.
Uses and Side Effects
Botox® has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for migraines, adult strabismus, some neurological disorders, and certain muscle disorders. Although botox® can be used to treat a variety of medical issues, one of its most common and famous uses is in cosmetic procedures. Many patients seek out botox® procedures to smooth their wrinkles and/or encourage facial symmetry.
Although botox® has a number of applications, some of its side effects can be quite serious. If it is injected into the incorrect muscle group or spreads past the injection site, over time it can result in muscle paralysis in areas aside from those intended. When paralysis occurs in the face, it can result in difficulty swallowing and muscle weakness.
Other minor side effects from botox® include headaches, allergic reactions, bruising, and flu-like symptoms, among other issues. Possible side effects and dangers should be outlined during a consultation with all potential patients. Generally, side effects diminish within the weeks following treatment. However, some side effects can last months, with timelines roughly equivalent to the duration of the results of botox® themselves. Patients who are pregnant, nursing, elderly, and/or have certain pre-existing conditions may be more at risk for adverse side effects and are not recommended to undergo botox® procedures.
Dosage and Devices
The number of botox® units needed for different areas of the body can vary quite drastically. In different muscle groups of the face alone, for example, the number of units recommended can vary from five to 30. Likewise, areas such as the biceps brachii have a recommended dose of 100-200 units divided among four sites. Despite some areas requiring large figures, a patient’s dosage should not exceed either 400 cumulative units or 10 units/kg body weight (whichever is lower) within a three-month interval.
Most of the side effects of botox® are minor and dissipate within the first few weeks following a procedure. That being said, some of the possible side effects are quite uncomfortable and can even be dangerous. It is important to apply the correct dosage of botox® for every muscle group and to keep a close watch for any signs of allergic reactions or overdose. Signs of an allergic reaction can include hives, itching, swelling, difficulty breathing, and faintness. Patients may also exhibit signs of overdose overtime via difficulty swallowing, shallow breathing, and muscle weakness.
Given the potential side effects and the accuracy needed to provide exact doses to patients, it is important to have the proper botox® syringes. Currently, 30-gauge needles are the standard for botox®. Although size might not be the only component that affects comfort level, one study indicates that 31-gauge needles result in less pain for patients. The precision with conversions is critical and can greatly affect patient outcomes. UniTox® offers botox® syringes designed specifically for botox® injections, so accuracy is guaranteed!
With over 30 years of medical experience, Dr. Sid Solomon, DDS, engineered UniTox® botox® syringes to simplify the administration process of Botox®. Before UniTox®, doctors had to use syringes intended for insulin injections to administer botox® to their patients. Given that these measurements differ from those needed for botox®, medical professionals had to spend time and energy to ensure accurate conversions for their botox® treatments. Why choose UniTox® instead?
First and foremost, UniTox® is easy to use—with clear increment markings for five, 10, 15, and 20 botox® units on each syringe. Because of this, doctors no longer have to worry about completing tricky unit conversions as they do with other botox® syringes. Now, medical professionals can gauge the number of units needed for treatments simply by looking at their UniTox® syringe. Additionally, UniTox® is available in 30- and 31-gauge syringe sizes, so doctors can customize their botox® treatments as they prefer.
In addition to being easy to use, UniTox® is trusted and FDA-approved. Although Dr. Solomon designed UniTox® botox® syringes for most neurotoxins such as Botox®, Jeuveau®, Xeomin®, and Dysport®. They come in boxes of 100 individually blister-packed, single-use botox® syringes. Before shipping and tax, these boxes of 100 botox® syringes are available at $46. Any boxes that are not opened can be returned, if necessary, but the customer is responsible for the cost of shipping and handling, as well.
About Dr. Solomon
Dr. Sid Solomon has over 30 years of experience working as a cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science. Then, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree during his time at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr. Solomon focuses on learning and innovation and has taken continuing education courses at the esteemed Las Vegas School of Advanced Dental Studies.
In addition to his studies, Dr. Solomon is involved with a number of charitable organizations worldwide and is committed to giving back to the community. He is also the author of the book Dream Big, Smile Big, which was published in 2012. In addition to all these achievements, Dr. Solomon founded the Facial Academy of Cosmetics and Aesthetics (FACE) and serves as its clinical director.
Botox® has been on the rise as a treatment for a number of cosmetic—and medical—issues. There are a multitude of FDA-approved uses of botox®. Additionally, a number of applications for botox® (e.g. as a treatment for depression and premature ejaculation) are currently being researched and may be approved in the near future.
Given the precision needed to administer botox® treatments properly, it is important to be equipped with the right tools. UniTox® offers two different gauge sizes of botox® syringes specifically designed to ease the patient’s experience—and your mind. Say goodbye to challenging unit conversions, and hello to results for your patients!