The things you didn’t know Botox could do!
I have spoken about it before: injectables are my specialities and Botox in particular is becoming increasingly popular amongst both women and men. My patients especially enjoy how quick the procedure is and how long the results last for but they also enjoy the versatility of this product!
Botox is safe and rejuvenates many facial features in a very natural way all the while sparing you hefty costs and painful and lengthy recoveries.
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The uses of Botox are constantly evolving – there is so much that can be achieved with non-surgical procedures only.
This month, my newsletter will be focusing on alternative uses of Botox. You may know that I treat lines and wrinkles on various areas of the face with Botox. But did you know that it can also assist in the following:
- Excessive sweating
- Brow lift
BOTOX FOR A HEADACHE-FREE LIFE
In the last few years, Botox was found to effectively treat headaches. Some 30% of the population suffers from headaches, a condition that occurs more frequently in women.
For some patients, headaches are both severe and occur frequently, even daily. While a number of medications can be used to treat headaches, some have side effects or are ineffective.
Do you suffer from headaches and feel like you have tried everything? Would consider Botox injections to say goodbye to painful migraines?
Several years ago, patients reported fewer headaches after they had received Botox® injections for forehead and glabellar wrinkles (the ones between the eyebrows). This started a number of clinical trials using Botox® for treatment of headache.
Now it’s official: Botulinum toxin can actually relieve migraine-type headaches, muscle tension headaches, or chronic daily headaches.
Results from Botox injections to treat headaches can be dramatic and truly life changing. Patients who have suffered from daily headaches for years report being free of headaches for two to five months!
The Botox treatment for headaches consists of approximately ten injections, five in the forehead and five in the back of the neck. Given the small dose and location of the injections, the only potential side effect is a slight decrease in forehead movement or ability to elevate the eyebrows.
Painkillers only bring temporary relief whereas Botox is a longer term. Indeed, the injections take from 1 to 14 days to have an effect, and last from 2 to 5 months.
NON-SURGICAL BROW LIFT WITH BOTOX
Now I want to talk about non-surgical eyebrow lift thanks to Botox. Traditional brow lift surgery involves an incision along the hairline from ear to ear, lifting the skin, and adjusting the muscles in the brow but it is invasive, costly and the recovery can be a drawback for some.
This is why for my patients with mild heaviness to their brow, I recommend trying BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Did you know that it was possible to perform non-surgical brow-lift thanks to Botox?
How does the non-surgical brow lift work?
As I have explained before, BOTOX® smoothes out wrinkles by weakening and relaxing the muscles which cause skin to wrinkle. But more than just smoothing out worry and frown lines, BOTOX® injections can create a lifting effect by relaxing the muscles that pull down on the eyebrows.
The Botox brow lift works by relaxing specific muscles around the delicate eye area, and smoothing away worry lines and deep grooves caused by frowning along the lower forehead. When the right muscles around the eyebrows are relaxed, the skin appears smoother, more toned, the brows are lifted and youthful.
The Botox brow lift can be performed on all skin types, and may be particularly effective for people who have naturally-drooping eyelids and low-hanging eyebrows. However, I always warn my patients that this procedure is appropriate for mild brow drooping only but deeper filler can be used as well.
What results can you expect from the non-surgical brow lift?
The non-surgical brow lift literally ‘lifts’ the skin tissues above and around the eyebrows so that the natural eyebrow arch is a few millimetres higher. You will look more “awake” and approachable and the treatment will gradually wear off after 3-4 months.
Not only will this procedure raise the ends of the eyebrows into a more pleasing arch (correcting a downward slanting “sad eyes” appearance), but also opens the eyes, reducing the “hooded” appearance so common in middle aged eyes.
The beauty about this treatment is that it only takes 45 minutes and lasts up to 4 months. The results are natural yet noticeable and will give your entire face an overall rejuvenated look.
BOTOX FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING
Treating headaches, lifting eyebrows, what else can Botox do? Well, some of you will be happy to hear that Botox can also effectively treat hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating (also commonly known as hyperhidrosis), affects about 1 percent of the population, both men and women, most often under the arms and on the palms and feet. It can be an embarrassing condition that keeps you from enjoying your social life.
This kind of sweat can’t be tamed by over-the-counter antiperspirants. What does help? As it turns out, botulinum toxin type A, what we know as Botox.
In the last few years, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, has been added to the list of conditions Botox can safely treat. While the body usually sweats to cool itself when it is hot outside or in certain emotional states, such as nervousness, people with excessive sweating experience it independent of these factors and sometimes find their condition physically and socially uncomfortable.
Botox for hyperhidrosis is a popular treatment. It is especially popular for brides as well as before matric dances or other events involving formalwear (celebrities are particular fond of it).
People who experience excessive sweating know that it can be a source of embarrassment or ruin expensive clothing.But by undergoing Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis you will save on countless new tops spoilt by sweat stains!
In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox injections to treat axillary hyperhidrosis(excessively sweaty armpits), and some doctors use it to treat palmar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty palms) and plantar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet).
How does it work?
When Botox is injected into the skin, the treatment affects the signal between the nerve endings and the sweat glands in the dermis. The botulism toxin binds itself to the nerve endings near the injection site and acts like a roadblock.
It blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical our nerve cells make to communicate with each other, and this disrupts the message sent from the nerve endings to stimulate the production of sweat. The sweat glands are none the wiser.
Each Botox treatment may include several injection points concentrated in the affected area, and each treatment is expected to last about six months.
And don’t worry about blocking the sweat from one or two small areas of the body — there are plenty of sweat glands to handle the job.
I love sharing my knowledge about the advancements constantly taking place on the aesthetic market and in particular the new techniques and treatments that Botox allow me to offer my patients.
Whether you want to experience the alternative uses of Botox or simply want to enjoy the more “classic” rejuvenating options, feel free to phone my rooms on 011 954 0070/3 to book an appointment.
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