Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are the three major neuro-modulators used in the U.S, and the grandfather of all three is of course Botox. These newly developed descendants are great alternatives and can even be preferable in certain circumstances. When injected, neuro-modulators temporarily block nerve signals to muscles, enabling them to relax. This relaxation leads to the benefits that Botox is best known for–smoother, younger-looking skin with decreased wrinkles and folds. However, there are many surprising uses for Botox.
If you start treatments early, Botox can prevent wrinkles forming. Wrinkles are caused by everyday muscle movements associated with such expressions as:
- Scowling (lines between the brows, or the 11s)
- Raising the eyebrows (horizontal lines across the forehead)
- Squinting (crows feet)
Preventative Botox relaxes the muscles and stops wrinkles from forming. This preventative treatment uses less Botox than smoothing existing wrinkles. That’s why I tell my patients to let younger family members (over the age of 21) know to start Botox treatments before wrinkles become a problem.
We’ve come to expect visible signs of aging, but this is not an inevitability! If started early enough, patients may even lose the “muscle memory” affiliated with wrinkle formation. Those “mean mommy” creases will forget how to form and eventually you may not need treatment!
Stop Sweaty Palms
Botox can treat sweaty hands (palmar hyperhidrosis) and excessively sweaty armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis). By injecting Botox in these areas, we can prevent these embarrassingly sweaty situations for up to a year! And no, it doesn’t hurt. We have very strong and effective numbing creams for your comfort throughout the procedure.
Help Fight Depression
Did you know that what you see in the mirror can affect your mood? Of course you did. Well, multiple studies have proven that patients who are being treated for clinical depression see an improvement simply by having Botox placed in their face and forehead! After eliminating unwanted wrinkles, patients see themselves looking better and younger, which helps decrease their depression! Isn’t that a great two for one special? Looking better, feeling better, not to mention fewer antidepressants.
Migraines got you down? Botox can help here too. Botox relaxes the stress muscles in the face and forehead associated with headaches and migraines. This is another fantastic multi-use function of these products.
Correct a Gummy Smile without Surgery
Too embarrassed to let your smile shine because you feel that looks too “gummy”? Botox corrects a gummy smile by relaxing the muscles that expose the gum line. Don’t hide your beautiful smile! Smiling makes you and the people around you feel good. So come on in and let’s make it shine!
Manage Thinning Hair
We can counteract hair loss with Botox injections. Scientists have found that small amounts of Botox in the scalp can relax the muscles, enhance blood flow, and increase the delivery of nutrients to the hair. Sometimes the area will fully recover and begin growing new hairs in a matter of months. The treatment appears only to be effective if the hair follicle is not completely destroyed. If Botox for hair loss is not a good fit, Dr. Ibrahim offers platelet rich plasma for hair restoration.
Whether it’s erasing years off of your face, eliminating sweaty armpits and nervous handshakes, rewinding hair loss, shaping a better and happier smile, and putting an end to headaches and migraines, Botox may be the treatment you need to feel better, look better, and love better. Schedule your appointment today and we’ll help you experience the wonderful benefits of Botox!