One of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available today is Botox. As an injection, Botox might be best known for helping to reduce the appearance of the frown lines between the eyebrows, but it can do so much more than that. In fact, the first uses of Botox by doctors was to treat crossed eyes. Learn more about the many benefits of Botox.
Eases Dynamic Wrinkles
If you’re going to see a facial plastic surgeon for Botox injections, odds are you’re going because you’re concerned about the appearance of wrinkles on your face. The injection helps to ease the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles created by facial expressions and the underlying muscle movements.
Botox was first approved to treat the frown lines, or “11s,” which form just above the nose, between the brows. Those lines form after years of furrowing your brows. In 2013, the FDA approved the injection for treating crow’s feet. Those are the crinkly lines that form at the corners of your eyes after years of smiling, laughing or crying.
Botox can help to ease the appearance of a number of other lines created by muscle movement, such as the bands that form on the neck and the creases that develop across the forehead.
Helps with Migraines
If you suffer from chronic migraines (defined as 15 or more headaches per month), botulinum toxin might help you. The injection was approved in 2013 by the FDA for treating chronic migraines. How effective it is for treating less frequent migraines isn’t known.
The treatment involves receiving a series of seven injections in the temples, shoulders, forehead and neck, every 12 weeks. When the treatment is effective, it helps reduce the number of headaches you experience over the course of the treatment period.
The injections work in a different way from other migraine treatment options. Most treatments are taken after a headache begins. Botox works to stop migraines from even occurring.
Keeps You From Sweating
Everyone sweats — it’s the body’s way of cooling itself off. But some people sweat a lot more than they need to. Excessive sweating can be a source of embarrassment, especially if it stains your clothing or gives you sweaty palms.
Botox can help if you regularly sweat a lot in the underarm area. If you frequently need to change your shirts during the day, if antiperspirant doesn’t do much, or if you’ve seen a doctor about excessive sweating the past, Botox might be an option.
The treatment involves receiving injections in the underarm area. The main ingredient keeps the nerves from signaling your sweat glands, easing the amount you sweat. Don’t worry, the extra sweat doesn’t need to “go” anywhere. The treatment simply keeps those glands from producing sweat.
Usually, people get between 10 and 15 injections in each underarm per treatment. Many people see results that last for around 200 days after treatment. The treatment can be repeated to keep excess sweating at bay.
Eases Bladder Troubles
People suffering from overactive bladder syndrome have experienced some relief from Botox injections. The treatment is an FDA-approved way to ease incontinence and to reduce the sudden urge to go often associated with an overactive bladder.
The treatment is injected directly into the bladder and works by reducing the number of bladder contractions you experience. In clinical studies for the treatment, patients who received Botox injections had 22 fewer incidences of leaking each week, while people given a placebo had 13 fewer leakage incidents.
Usually, Botox for incontinence is recommended after a patient has tried other options, such as medication. Some patients have no response to medications or are unable to tolerate the side effects. Injections might best help those patients.
Reduces Eye and Muscle Spasms
One of the first known uses for Botox was to relieve crossed eyes or uncontrollable eyelid movements, known as blepharospasm. The injections are also FDA approved to treat muscle spasms and movements in other areas of the body. One of the most recent approvals was for treating spasticity of the upper limbs.
Just as the injection works on wrinkles by blocking the nerve signals sent to the muscles that make the movements responsible for those wrinkles, so it works in treating muscle spasms and other uncontrollable movements.
Whether you are considering Botox for a medical treatment or a cosmetic treatment, it’s essential to see a doctor who is trained and experienced in that particular area. For cosmetic purposes, you’ll want to see a board certified facial plastic surgeon with ample experience performing Botox injections.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, that surgeon is Dr. Michael Schwartz, a board certified facial plastic and ENT surgeon with more than two decades of experience. If you want to temporarily say good-bye to your frown lines or crow’s feet, call 561-228-5888 today.