Benefits of Botox
Botox offers a number of physical and psychological benefits to women and men of all ages. If you’re seeking to improve your appearance and look younger without surgery, Botox is a non-invasive injectible that will solve a number of health challenges that come along with aging. By gently paralyzing the underlying forehead and eye muscles, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles with added benefits.
Beyond the cosmetic and aesthetic satisfaction, versatile Botox injections can also treat or even relieve bothersome, and annoying conditions. Many use Botox to treat underarm sweating, muscular dysfunctioning, bladder or bowel incontinence, neck pain, and eye issues.
In other words, this mild, out-patient treatment alleviates the discomfort and insecurities related to aging. Here we’ll discuss its origin and the many uses of this modern, anti-aging super-nova.
What Are the Major Benefits of Botox?
Most patients think that Botox is an injectable treatment primarily used to combat the signs and symptoms of aging, however, there are many other uses that just might surprise you.
Botox has a strange backstory. Its origins stem from the neurotoxin (clostridium botulinum bacteria) which is sometimes found in soil. It causes botulism, a paralyzing food poisoning when ingested.
However, in the 1970s botox was introduced to the medical world as a healing remedy for all sorts of physical ailments. Originally, scientists and researchers experimented with the product to treat crossed eyes. They noticed that it weakened forehead muscles located between the eyes (the glabella) and additionally reduced scowling and brow wrinkling.
Where Did It Come From?
Botox Cosmetic is a patented form of purified botulinum toxin, type A.
In 1989, Botox was approved for medical uses, like the treatment of crossed eyes and relief of neck spasms or contracture.
It’s been FDA-approved for cosmetic “between the brow” (glabella) injection since in 2002.
Approval for crow’s feet came in 2013, although it has been used for this purpose for many years.
Today, it’s extremely helpful for reducing the frequency of migraines (migraine management). It can also be used as a preventative measure before fine lines and wrinkles form. By preventing skin exposure to repeated muscle movements, you’ll slow down the aging process.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox, no matter what condition it’s used for, is considered a neuromodulator.
This means that the toxin temporarily paralyzes or “freezes” carefully targeted muscle groups. Muscle movement will return over a period of months, but this is a great “touch up” procedure with no scarring or residual damage to the skin or muscle tissue.
Botox prevents the release of a muscle-activating neurotransmitter called acetylcholine–and briefly stops muscle activity in the targeted area. Nerves slowly regenerate over a period of months, eventually causing the lines to reappear.
Similar neuromodulating injectables include the branded products Xeomin Aesthetic and Dysport. These are still purified botulinum toxin type A, but of a slightly different type and concentration, with different dosing required for each.
It takes about 2 weeks for your Botox injections to achieve optimal results. Results last from three to six months before you’ll need to make another appointment.
Botox Helps Patients Look and Feel Better
Botox relaxes certain muscles in the forehead to reduce or fully eliminate scowling and wrinkling within a single appointment. Since you cannot wrinkle your brow, either on purpose or unconsciously, because the muscles won’t contract, you’re going to appear youthful and rejuvenated.
Ultimately, with regular or biannual Botox injections, you are less likely to create patterns of wear and tear on your face over time.
If you’re concerned with preserving your expressive brow, we can use a different pattern of injections and lower dosage. However, Botox works for prevention, reduction, and maintenance. When you come into our office for a consultation, we’ll ask about your goals, desires, concerns, and past experiences tailoring a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
The Non-surgical Facelift
Weight loss, aging, and chronic illness take a toll on the body. We recommend that you can combine a Botox treatment with facial fillers, like Juvederm. This duo will give you a “non-surgical facelift” for a fraction of the cost at most plastic surgery centers.
During this treatment, Juvederm and similar facial fillers can assist in plumping saggy, or unattractive facial features. In addition, patients may request Botox (and fillers like Juvederm) as a preventative measure, to help delay the effects of aging.
With a non-surgical facelift, we also use Juvederm to enhance certain facial features, for instance, to make cheekbones more prominent. Experts agree that facial injectibles are the true fountain of youth.
Medical Health Uses for Botox
Botox injections given in differing doses and applied to different areas of the body can help with:
Migraine management to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
Crossed eyes (strabismus).
Eyelid twitching (blepharospasm).
Muscle spasms in the neck (cervical dystonia, which may be treated with Myobloc, botulinum toxin type B).
Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, like limb spasticity.
Excessive sweating underarms, palms of hands, soles of feet (hyperhidrosis).
Drooling or excessive salivation (for adults with chronic sialorrhea).
And more! Scientists discover additional uses and applications each year.
Rare side effects of Botox may include muscle weakness extending beyond the treated area. More common are local swelling, bruises, and headaches during the initial window after your first procedure.
Botox Treatment for Social Anxiety and Depression
We do not prescribe or administer Botox to treat stress.
However, Botox can relieve tension, thereby relieving psychological or musculoskeletal stress in the areas we treat. When anxiety and facial tension result from aging, grinding teeth, or pressure buildup in the face and jawline, Botox is an effective treatment remedy. It is very possible to treat stress-related conditions with Botox.
Botox may help with social anxiety as well.
Facial expressions are directly related to your mood. Your brain sends signals throughout your entire body when you feel fear, anger, and sadness – these signals result in muscle tension which leaves fine lines over time.
Botox basically inhibits muscle contracture and calms down the nervous system. After a Botox procedure, it literally becomes more difficult to feel negative emotions and your entire physiology will change as a result. People who have had Botox injections, appear happier, healthier, and well-rested. Even when they’re angry, tired, and irritated – it’s hard to look in the mirror and remain in a bad mood.
The Future of Botox
The makers of Botox recently announced plans on testing the product as a treatment for depression. Previous studies showed that it was an effective and beneficial treatment for more than 50 percent of patients in the study.
Overall, patients who have had Botox treatments express feeling more confident in social situations. They know they won’t have to cancel lunch with friends due to a painful headache. They don’t feel embarrassed by the potential for excessive sweating at work, or on a date.
These individuals mention that going out and attending events is just, easier. Spontaneity is more convenient and relaxed. They don’t have to scout out the location of bathrooms in every venue or bring a package of tissue wherever they go. Patients have also reported boosts in self-esteem because they feel better and look more attractive, younger, and well-rested. There aren’t many downsides to getting Botox injections, as they pose no risk to your long-term health or cognitive functioning, and will not require you to be put under anesthesia.