Botox Can do More Than Just Relax Wrinkles
By now, everyone has heard how BOTOX® treatments work to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet in adults. But Botox can do more than just relax wrinkles. Read on to discover more reasons to love this injectable treatment.
Two of the six muscles in your eye, move it from side to side and work against each other to keep the gaze straight, each pulling the eye in the opposite direction with equal strength. When one of the muscles weakens, the stronger one pulls the eye the opposite way, causing crossed eyes. The problem can also be caused by strokes and nerve damage.
The FDA has approved Botox for the treatment of strabismus (crossed eyes) and a side effect known as diplopia (blurred vision). Botox may also be helpful in relieving eyelid spasms. It’s not a cure and the effects will only last a few months, at which time you’ll need another shot.
If you suffer from acne, Botox can help to reduce breakouts by restricting oil production. It’s not a cure; apparently you’d have to use large doses that would prevent you from moving your facial muscles to do that but, if you’re having Botox treatments anyway, this is a nice side-benefit. The forehead is the most effective and common area for using Botox to limit oil production.
Simulate a Nose Job
When we’re around age 40, the nose can begin to sag and become more hooked. That can make the whole face appear saggy. Botox injections at the base of the nose between the nostrils, can release the depressor muscle that pulls the nose downward, making the whole face look more lifted.
Softens Jawline and Chin
Botox can also be used to shape the jaw. If you grind your teeth at night, your jawline can become wider over time. A dermatologist can inject Botox into the area, shrinking the muscle and narrowing the jawline. Results can last for a year and can have other positive effects such as making your cheeks appear more lifted and relieving pain and soreness that can result from grinding your teeth.
If you’re jowls have become saggy over time, a little Botox along the muscles of the jawbone can pull the skin up for a more defined look.
Fillers aren’t the only way to attain full, young-looking lips. Tiny drops of Botox, injected along the upper lip border, will roll the top lip up and out slightly so it appears plumper. It’s subtler than collagen injections and also less expensive because the technique requires less Botox than other areas of the face.
Smooths the Neck
Neck muscles may start to enlarge and protrude as we age, resulting in the appearance of thick, tight cords. Because the muscles in the neck and the superficial muscles of the face are connected, the neck can pull the rest of your facial features down.
Horizontal neck wrinkles can be erased temporarily by injecting tiny amounts of Botox into the muscles above and below the lines, all the way around the neck. When the muscles relax, the skin looks smoother, the cords disappear and the face is lifted. Using Botox this way is like having a nonsurgical face-lift but the treatment must be repeated every three to four months.
De-Creases the Décolleté
For some women, age and sun exposure can cause lines to develop between the breasts. An injection of Botox into the pectoral muscles will smooth out these unwelcome lines.
Doctors don’t totally understand how Botox works for migraines. It’s thought that it blocks the pain signals being sent to the brain and relaxes the muscles in the head so they’re not so sensitive to pain.
Using Botox for migraines is seen as a last-resort treatment when frequent attacks haven’t been improved by traditional migraine medications. The cosmetic results should always be considered when injecting Botox into the forehead, temples and scalp.
Calms Excess Sweating
Botox prevents the message from your nerves from getting to your sweat glands. Doctors can use it to treat hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating, by injecting the affected area. Injections can be made in the underarms, palms, soles of the feet, scalp, forehead or temples to stop sweating for six months.
Botox for excessive sweating has been approved by the FDA and makes a significant difference in the lives of some people. This treatment is recommended for people who’ve tried everything else with no success and for those who need to change their clothes during the day because of excessive sweating.
Some women have reported that they don’t sweat around their hairline after having a Botox treatment in their forehead, so their blowouts last longer. While you can get Botox injections especially for the purpose of keeping your hair style fresher longer, it’s not recommended. Too much Botox injected into the forehead can give you heavy eyelids. A good dry shampoo would be a better option.