Botox is not just a temporary wrinkle relaxer — it was first used to treat muscle spasms, particularly
overactive eye spasms. The benefits and uses then expanded into the medical field and the cosmetic medi-spa realm. Years following its popularity in medical practice, it was then discovered to treat wrinkles, deep creases, and many other conditions. In this article, we’ll be exploring the benefits of Botox as well as symptoms that you would not have thought that Botox could successfully treat! Let’s dive in!
1. Premature Aging
Probably the most popular and well-known benefit of Botox is its anti-aging results. There is an unsubstantiated myth that Botox is only for more mature patients and individuals — but that’s not the case at all! When used early in the aging process, Botox not only treats wrinkles but can also prevent new wrinkles from ever forming. Younger patients who come to Toronto’s Elements Spa use Botox to prevent wrinkles from getting more severe and stopping wrinkles from setting in. Botox works exceptionally well for dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that are noticeable with muscle movement) as well as static wrinkles (wrinkles that appear even when your facial muscles are at rest). With a healthy lifestyle, great skincare routine, daily application of sunscreen, and Botox, you’re sure to tackle aging and significantly slow down the aging process.
2. Excessive Sweating
There are many out there who suffer daily with excessive sweating, also known in medical terms as hyperhidrosis. These patients sweat profusely without strenuous effort, making it incredibly uncomfortable in social, work, and romantic situations and environments. Fortunately, Botox helps by blocking the glands that produce sweat leaving these patients to feel more comfortable, relaxed, and happier in their skin. Depending on the individual’s severity of hyperhidrosis, the effects of Botox can last anywhere between 3-12 months.
Botox works by cutting off the communication between the nerve (relaying a message to contract) to the associated muscle group. While it may seem obscure as to how it works, many patients have found that Botox has relieved their severe migraines. By relaxing these temporal muscles, these patients are then able to relax, feel less sensitive, and therefore feel less strain and pressure. Studies have shown that patients who use Botox to treat severe migraines show a significant decrease in their migraines and headaches.
There are many other uses for Botox that are still being explored both in the medical and medical-cosmetic fields. Although not widely used for this symptom, many with severe arthritis have found Botox to be helpful. For these patients, the Botox stops pain signals from being sent to the brain to bring relief to chronic conditions. Botox has also shown great promise for women and men with overactive bladders — a life-changing use that doesn’t come with the side effects of pills and medications that these patients often rely on for pain management and bladder relief. As always, you must always do your research and choose a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon and/or injector who is experienced and well-versed in Botox and it’s many uses. While you may find some injectors offering Botox at special rates online, be careful and cautious to choose an injector who is qualified as it is detrimental to your health — especially if utilized and administered poorly and improperly.
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