Americans underwent more than 7.23 million Botox procedures in 2017 alone. It’s easy to see why.
In this post, you’ll learn all about the benefits of Botox, so you can decide if it’s right for you.
Ready? Let’s get started.
What Is Botox?
Botox was first discovered by accident by an ophthalmologist in the 1970s. It was used to help people who were cross-eyed. It’s made from botulinum toxin type A and is injected in tiny, targeted doses.
By 2002, it was being used for frown lines between the eyebrows, and today it’s being used in a variety of different ways.
The Benefits of Botox
When you have Botox injected, it blocks the signals that your nerves send to your muscles. This means that they can no longer contract normally for a period up to 3+ months – and this is beneficial in many different ways.
Here are the top 5 benefits of Botox:
1. Preventing Excessive Sweating
For many people, their excessive sweating is embarrassing. They’ll often sweat even when they’re resting or it’s cool outside.
Botox blocks some of the directions the brain gives the muscles and shields the sweat glands. Many people get Botox in their hands, feet, and armpits to prevent this excess sweating.
2. Reducing Migraines
For migraine sufferers, they’ll try just about anything to make the pain stop. Botox is surprisingly helpful for reducing the intensity of migraines. Some of the major symptoms of migraines include nausea and light sensitivity, which Botox can reduce significantly.
Chronic migraines are triggered by fatigued muscles. When these muscles are relaxed (artificially via Botox), chronic head and migraine sufferers get far fewer headaches. Dr. Wagner uses Botox in short-term crisis situations, but likes addressing the cause of the headaches (to provide a long term solution).
3. Preventing Premature Aging
While Botox treats the wrinkles already present on the face, it also prevents your face from forming new wrinkles in the first place.
Think about it: if your muscle can’t contract all the way, and you can no longer squint at your laptop screen, those wrinkles won’t appear.
This is why so many people are choosing to get ‘preventative Botox’ in their early thirties rather than wait until those wrinkles have already become moderate or severe.
4. Lifting the Brow
Over time, our brow naturally drops lower. This can make you look tired and unhappy. It can also contribute to hooded eyelids, which can impair your vision and encourage you to constantly raise your eyebrows throughout the day (which can cause wrinkles!).
With Botox treatments in specific targeted areas, your brow can be lifted, giving you a more youthful appearance and reducing the look of tiredness.
5. Reducing Wrinkles
It’s never too late to begin Botox, and many women and men decide they would like to experience decreased wrinkles without going under the knife.
Botox is minimally invasive, and you’ll find that it helps with wrinkles throughout the face, including around the mouth, your smile lines, your frown lines, and your forehead.
As you can see, the benefits of Botox range from wrinkle prevention to treatment for migraines and excessive sweating.
New uses for Botox are being found all the time, but there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best ways to keep your face looking young and fresh.
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