For years we’ve all thought of Botox as the miracle drug that temporarily eliminated forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. However, researchers have found that now, more than ever, Botox can have positive effects on more than just facial wrinkles. Botox has a wide variety of clinical uses ranging from the treatment of spastic muscle disorders to imbalances in the eye muscles.
What Is Botox?
Botox is short for Botulinum Toxin, and although it first became commercially popular in 1997, Botox has actually been around since the 1920’s. It is actually a toxin derived from a bacterium. Yes, a toxin. It was initially used to treat other problems of the face until scientists discovered its cosmetic effects.
How Can Botox Help Me?
As I mentioned above, Botox is not only great at eliminating those unsightly frown lines and crow’s feet, but can also provide pain relief and increase your quality of life in a number of other areas as well. Do you suffer from hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the palms or axillary areas? Have you been searching for a magic pill to get rid of those devastating migraines? Do you need help with frizzy, damaged hair? Well, Botox can help with all of that.
Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is a safe and extremely effective therapeutic option for patients who struggle with excessive sweating. If you struggle with migraines and have yet to find a solution that helps you manage those crippling headaches, then Botox may be exactly what you need. And believe it or not, now there are studies that have shown Botox’s dramatic effects on damaged hair. The Botox hair treatment is administered similarly to a keratin treatment and dramatically reduces frizzy and unmanageable hair.
How Does Botox Work?
We have several facial muscles that are responsible for changing our expressions, and the subtle, constant contraction of these muscles is what creates facial wrinkles. Botox works by interfering with the transmission of the nerve impulses that are sent to those muscles and essentially stops the muscle from contracting for a period of time. For this reason, it is extremely important that the correct dosage be used into the correct muscle. For hyperhidrosis and migraines, the process of how Botox alleviates the symptoms of these conditions is still unknown.
Is Botox Safe?
This is an important question and patients should consider the potential side effects before treatment. Botox is safe for human use, but as with any drug, there are potential side effects that could potentially occur. If for some reason the toxin moves to a muscle which is not a target muscle (i.e. the muscles that open the eye or the ocular muscles which move the eye), then side effects can occur. Though rare, side effects can involve drooping of the eyelid, or double vision. Remember that the effects of BOTOX last for approximately 4 – 6 months and when a really small dose causes a side effect, it usually reverses itself back to normal in two to four weeks.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
The results from a Botox treatment are immediate for fine lines and wrinkles. However, it may take up to a week or two before deeper facial wrinkles around the mouth and eyes smoothen out. If the facial wrinkles are very deep, the use of a filler such as Juvederm, or Voluma, may be necessary to achieve that 100% wrinkle free look.