BOTOX® is used to offset the natural effects of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. It works by inhibiting the nerves that cause the muscles in the face to contract. This in turn gives the face a softer appearance and minimizes wrinkles.
The Benefits of BOTOX®
BOTOX® has the greatest effect when used to treat wrinkles that are dynamic. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones that appear when a person moves their face. For example, this happens when they smile or when they frown. The idea is that if the muscles do not move excessively, wrinkles in the skin will not form.
Reduced Migraine Pain
BOTOX® has been shown to prevent headaches and help individuals who are battling with chronic migraines. Recently, the FDA approved BOTOX® to be used for these types of treatments. It has been routinely used in Britain to help migraine sufferers for years. Using Botox to treat migraines is not a quick solution. It requires multiple injections in different areas around the neck, head and face for approximately three months. While not exactly a cosmetic reason to use B, it still has cosmetic effects. When a person is not dealing with the pain of migraine headaches, they are more apt to smile, and there are very few things that can make a person seem younger or more vibrant than a sincere smile.
Correcting Crossed Eyes and Eyelid Spasms
BOTOX® is used to help people who are suffering from crossed eyes, blurred vision, and eye spasms. It allows the muscles in the eyes to relax and this in turn prevents the eye muscles from fighting against each other, which allows them to rest and heal.
Corrects Excessive Sweating
One of the unsung benefits of using BOTOX® is that it can help people who have hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating. Individuals who have this infirmity have unpredictable and excessive sweat. This interferes with their appearance, affects their confidence, and makes it difficult for them to react well in social settings.
Diminishes the Appearance of Scars
BOTOX® can help a person reduce the appearance of scars after surgery. In some cases, physicians will prescribe BOTOX® before performing surgery on cancer lesions to prevent the skin from pulling apart at the site of the incision. Other doctors will use BOTOX® along with other medications to help patients with acne scars stop the scars from growing.
Reduce Neck Lines
BOTOX® can be used to relax the muscles in the neck, making them look smoother and younger. Patients should remember that it is not designed to lift sagging skin. So while it can reduce some of the signs of aging and make a neck look softer and smoother, it won’t be able to fill out sagging areas of the neck or take away any skin that is loose.
There are many more cosmetic and non-cosmetic benefits of using BOTOX® than most people realize. Contact Center for Dermatology today for a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to review your cosmetic goals and explain how BOTOX® can help improve your life.