Botox: Curing More Than Just Wrinkles
Since Botox was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA over 10 years ago, millions of people have used the treatment to deal with facial lines and wrinkles, restoring a smooth, youthful appearance to their faces. But Botox can do more than just erase your frown lines; Botox injections have been approved for treating a number of different conditions, from preventing migraines to curbing excessive sweating. Here are a few of the benefits of Botox you may not know about.
Those who suffer from migraine headaches know the crippling pain that can last for hours, or even days. In addition to the pain, migraines can bring nausea, lightheadedness and extreme light and sound sensitivity for a horrible experience that can severely affect the daily lives of the millions of sufferers. Now, Botox can be used in addition to other treatments to help prevent migraines before they can even start. One 30-minute treatment of a series of Botox injections into the neck, shoulders, forehead, temples and back of the head can work to prevent migraines for four to six months.
Working up a sweat can be a sign of an invigorating gym session, or a day outside enjoying the warm summer weather; sweating is our body’s way of keeping cool. For those who suffer from overactive sweat glands, however, their bodies produce far more sweat than necessary, leading to discomfort and embarrassment from excessive sweating that antiperspirants can’t prevent. Many are now turning to Botox as a solution. The injections block the chemical in your body that is responsible for sweat production, preventing underarm sweating for six to eight months after treatment.
Oily Skin and Inflammation
Oversized pores and oily skin are huge sources of frustration for many people. Intradermal Botox, usually used in conjunction with Laser or IPL, can help minimize pores and give skin a smooth, matte appearance. While Cosmetic Botox is injected into the muscles under the skin, Intradermal Botox injections are placed into the upper layer of skin, into the muscles in the skin that attach to hair follicles, causing the pores to contract.
Strong jaw lines can have a variety of causes, from genetics to the results of TMJ or teeth grinding. For women who are unhappy with their jaw lines, they used to have two options: living with it, or reconstructive surgery. Botox has given these women a new choice for creating a more feminine jaw line with Botox facial contouring injections. The injections cause specific muscles in the jaw to weaken, decreasing in prominence and size without affecting their use, creating the desired face shape that lasts over a year without invasive surgery.