Botox is the single most popular aesthetic treatment in the world for good reason. The benefits of Botox include its minimally invasive nature and its ability to smooth out wrinkles in as little as one to two weeks. It even has a host of little-known medical benefits, because its side effects include easing migraines and lessening excessive sweating. At Medical Aesthetics of New England in Acton, MA, we are big proponents of the benefits of Botox.
What Is Botox?
Botox is actually the brand name of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. In high amounts, this bacteria isn’t good for us. That might sound scary, but doctors use this property to their advantage when using Botox for aesthetic treatments. In small, weakened amounts, this bacteria can be used to cause controlled relaxation of certain targeted muscles.
For example, targeting certain facial muscles will keep them from tightening and contracting as forcefully as they otherwise would. Over the course of a week or two, this causes wrinkles in the skin above those muscles to relax and soften. It can even be used to ease conditions caused by involuntary muscle movements, like uncontrolled blinking or “lazy” eye.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
Botox can do more than just smooth out wrinkles, although that is definitely what it’s most known for. Here are just some of the many benefits of Botox, both well-known and little-known.
Smooths Out Wrinkles
Not that long ago, getting rid of wrinkles required costly, invasive surgical procedures. With the advent of Botox, though, it became possible to achieve a flawless complexion without ever going under the knife. It can treat frown lines around the mouth, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. It can also be used to treat wrinkles on the neck.
Because it works by relaxing muscles, Botox takes a little time to show its true results. Most people will start to see an improvement in the treated area in three days, with results nearing their final form in a week. After two weeks, the results should be in full effect. The treatment can not only ease the appearance of existing wrinkles but also help prevent the appearance of new ones. One Botox treatment lasts around three to four months, so while it’s not permanent, the maintenance is far from constant.
Lifts the Brow
“Brow Ptosis,” also known as a drooping brow, can cause people to look tired, angry, or older than they are. Sometimes, this condition can be treated by working out the facial muscles or even changing a patient’s diet, but when that doesn’t work, a Botox intervention can do the trick. Administered correctly, Botox can relax the brow muscles that pull the brow down, letting it lift and giving people a whole new, happier look.
Decreases Excessive Sweating
People with excessive sweating in the armpits can find relief from a Botox treatment. It works much the same as wrinkle reduction works. Botox stops the brain’s signal from reaching the muscle, and it can also block signals to sweat glands. A treatment every few months can do a great deal to alleviate an excessive sweating condition and the skin conditions that often accompany them.
Alleviates Chronic Migraines
Over 37 million people in the United States alone suffer from a chronic migraine condition. These debilitating headaches can be triggered by just about anything, depending on the patient, and can cause people to miss work, school, and family time due to the often extreme pain they cause. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox injections for the preventative treatment of migraines.
Botox works for migraines in much the same way it works for wrinkles, by relaxing muscles in the right areas and thus significantly reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Physicians usually recommend a Botox treatment for migraines once every three months, with injections in the forehead, temples, the bridge of the nose, the neck, the back of the head, and the upper back.
Corrects Crossed or Lazy Eyes
Treating crossed and lazy eyes was actually the initial use for Botox, so it’s no surprise it works like a charm in correcting these conditions. Relaxing the right muscles will pull off-balance eyes back into balance with one another. The same principle is used to correct eye twitches, which are caused by spasming muscles that Botox can relax.
Can Be Completed in Just a Few Minutes
One of the biggest benefits of Botox versus its competitors is that a treatment can be completed in just five to fifteen minutes. There’s also no downtime aside from the recommendation that patients not lie down for four hours post-treatment. You could even get a treatment at our office in Acton over your lunch break and head right back to work with no one the wiser.
The benefit of Botox everyone knows about is its ability to reduce the appearance and creation of wrinkles and fine lines, but as you can see, it can do so much more. It’s even FDA-approved for the treatment of migraines! Contact Medical Aesthetics of New England in Acton, MA to learn more about the treatment and whether it’s right for you. We serve the entire Boston area and can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of Botox.