You may know that BOTOX® injections are noted primarily for the ability to cosmetically reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, mayoclinic.org would add that this treatment is also used for conditions such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder and even lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.
Developed and originally used for eye conditions in the 1970’s, there are so many ways that Botox can be used today. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA approved treatment. Men and women of all ages and ethnicities can elect to receive Botox treatments as a quick and minimally invasive procedure. Botox causes the muscles to relax, without compromising your freedom of expression; so you can smile and laugh without the lines.
Botox treatments, when used to control hyperhidrosis, or, severe underarm sweating, have helped patients live more productive lives and boost their self-confidence. By blocking the chemical signals that stimulate sweat glands, Botox restricts the amount of sweat that is produced. Patients notice a significant reduction in sweating within four weeks of the first treatment.
If you are considering treatments, here are 3 reasons why you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist today!
1. Botox is safe and effective!
Because it is a neurotoxin, Botox is able to temporarily (on average 4-6 months but may last as long as one year) relax muscles in the area where it is injected. This property effectively smoothes out wrinkles and creases in the forehead, around eyes, in the corners of your mouth, and even in your chin.
2. Treatments are noninvasive and require minimal recovery time.
Botox injections are outpatient! It is possible to receive an injection and still go on about a normal day. Since it is not a surgical procedure there is also no preparation or recovery time. Results will be noticeable within 1-3 days after the injection, though follow-up injections may be required in order to maintain the results.
3. Botox can alleviate medical conditions.
That’s right! Botox is not just a cosmetic procedure. There are medical benefits for certain conditions such as:
- upper limb spasticity
- overactive bladder
- cervical dystonia
In more recent studies, Botox has been connected to improving facial redness caused by menopause, reducing keloids (overgrown scarring from minor wounds), and even an inflammatory skin disease known as hidradenitis suppurativa.
As explained, Botox injections are helpful for both medical and cosmetic needs. If you feel like you are ready for some changes in your own life, visit our website at www.arlingtondermatolgy.net or call our office at 847-725-0824 for assistance today.