While many believe Botox is used exclusively for aesthetic purposes, you may be surprised to find out that Botox was originally developed as a therapeutic treatment for various medical conditions. Botox—or botulinum toxins—are neurotoxins that block nerve signals to the muscles; because of this, muscles injected with Botox cannot contract. Before being used to combat signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), this treatment was used for several decades in the medical field to ease various conditions such as dystonia—excessive muscle contractions—excessive sweating, eye twitching, chronic migraines, overactive bladders, and many more. Botox injections also served as a pain reliever for back, neck, jaw, nerve, sciatic, joint, pelvic pain, and more.
It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use to treat wrinkles and lines between the brows. Ever since, Botox has grown in popularity and not only prevents and treats lines and wrinkles but has also been found to help relieve tension headaches, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from migraines. Additional benefits of Botox include minimizing blood vessels in the area being treated which reduces redness or flushing, smoothing crow’s feet around the eyes, preventing furrows from forming between the eyebrows, and reducing acne scarring or treating muscle spasms.
From treating wrinkles to providing headache relief, the benefits of Botox are vast and go beyond skin care. Let’s have a look at the wide range of benefits you may or may not know about.
The best-known benefits of Botox are cosmetic and it is a very effective anti-aging treatment for areas such as the forehead, eyes, and neck.
We already know what Botox can do for those inevitable signs of aging, but did you know it can have a positive effect on our skin, too? We all want a more youthful glow and Botox has been trusted to deliver results. By smoothing wrinkles and lines you’ll be able to enhance your natural beauty and have healthier-looking skin overall that lasts. You won’t have to come back every week, or even every month, for a touch-up. Botox injections generally take full effect in 3-7 days and last around 3-4 months depending on the person.
As mentioned earlier, Botox does wonders for those with chronic migraines. Testing has shown that the injections interrupt the pathways of pain transmission between the central nervous system and the nerves from the spinal cord. When you have a headache or migraine, the body releases neurotransmitters that are associated with the pain, but when Botox stands in the way of the transmission, the pain is blocked and you feel the relief you’ve been looking for. The Botox is commonly injected into the forehead, temples, and the back of the head or neck which doctors refer to as the trigger points—or where the pain originates. The timeline for relief is different for every patient and could take several weeks and multiple treatments to experience significant relief from migraines.
This may surprise you but, yes, hair botox is a thing—and it works! This is a non-chemical deep conditioning treatment that coats the hair fibers with keratin to help fill in broken or thin strands, reduce frizziness, and repair damage, making hair appear fuller and healthier. The ingredients differ depending on the product you are using, but typically do not include any harsh chemicals.
Yes, Botox is used in dentists’ offices as well! Due to the minimally invasive nature of Botox, dentists have started to incorporate this treatment into their practices to treat conditions like high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (or TMJ), Bruxism, ill-fitting dentures due to shifting jaw muscles, and many more. For patients with high lip lines, Botox can help relax the lip muscles and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile line. It has grown in popularity because the process is non-invasive and is an immediate form of treatment. Doctors are also using Botox to treat patients suffering from TMJ, which causes severe pain from hyperactivity of the muscles. As in other areas of the body, Botox relaxes the muscles providing patients with almost immediate relief.
So, are you a candidate for Botox? You may be a good candidate for Botox injections in Fresno, CA if you are in good general health, you are not allergic to any ingredients in Botox or other botulinum toxin products, you are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and you don’t have any severe illnesses or infections. It is also suggested that you are at least 18 years or older to begin treatment, and many people in their 20s and 30s use Botox treatments as a preventative measure to slow the formation of wrinkles.
A leading immunology expert, Dr. Buddiga has been administering Botox for 14 years and, throughout this time, has ensured a safe, effective approach to achieving the most professional results, drastically improving the look of frown lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. If you have been considering Botox treatment, now is a great time to request a consultation with Dr. Buddiga to discuss your skin concerns and treatment options.
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