Botox is a universally recognized term and is commonly thought to just remove wrinkles and add a more youthful appearance to the face. But there is more to it than just that. Botox is also medically used to treat certain muscular conditions, and is of course cosmetically used to remove wrinkles by temporarily freezing the muscles (this is the more common solution). Botox should be used sparingly, but it can be beneficial when it is used correctly.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox injections contain an ingredient that is derived from a type of bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. This bacterium works by freezing the muscles that it comes in contact with. When injected into the face in minute doses, the muscles are frozen and can result in smoother, younger-looking skin.
Besides this cosmetic purpose, Botox also serves many other benefits.
The Benefits of Botox
1. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Botox injections is a great non-surgical solution for smoother skin and a more flawless complexion. This procedure is minimally invasive and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in the face, neck, and forehead. It can also be used to lift drooping eyebrows, which can contribute to a more youthful appearance as the end result.
2. Minimizes hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. In most cases, mild hyperhidrosis can be treated with the proper prescription of antiperspirants. But that solution is not effective in most severe cases. Botox injection can help overcome the problem, and can help control the excessive sweating for several months at a time. There needs to be more than one session of injections in order to keep the excessive sweating at bay
3. Treats migraine pain
Those who suffer from migraines report feeling fewer instances of migraines after receiving Botox injections. Some may suffer the occasional bout of a migraine, but say that the pain is not as severe as before they got the injections. It’s not entirely sure how Botox works to treat the pain, but it is theorized that it could be because Botox blocks the sensory nerves and relaxes the muscles so that their sensitivity to pain is reduced.
4. Reduces the size of the prostate gland
When Botox gets injected directly right into the prostate gland, it can improve the flow of urine which can solve the problem of frequent urination that comes with the swelling of the prostate gland. It can also help prevent any urinary tract infections.
5. Eye Treatments
Botox has been approved to treat strabismus (commonly known as lazy eye) and blepharospasm (twitching of the eyelids). In small doses, the Botox will temporarily paralyze the eye muscles. This treatment can last for several months and over time, may cause a permanent change in eye alignment.
Not only can Botox help with the above problems, further research is being conducted to explore the possibility of using these injections to treat other medical conditions such as arthritis and to hopefully improve joint function and pain for those afflicted with arthritis.