COSMETIC BENEFITS OF BOTOX TREATMENT
Botox Dubai | 10 September 2021
You’ve probably heard about Botox as an anti-wrinkle treatment but the benefits of Botox go beyond cosmetic enhancement to provide remedies for multiple medical conditions.
You may also be surprised to discover that Botox injections as an aesthetic treatment can have beneficial side effects that combat mental health issues such as depression.
Botox injections block chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. Botox is purified botulinum toxin A, which means there’s no risk of botulism food-poisoning, and it’s an effective, therapeutic protein with a good safety record.
Now a popular cosmetic treatment, Botox was originally used for medical purposes and continues to provide treatment for a wide range of ailments.
Medical Benefits of Botox Treatment
Botox injections for medical purposes were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989.
As a muscle relaxant, Botox can treat various medical conditions, potentially reducing dependency on pain relief medication.
Medical applications of Botox include treatments for:
Eye twitching/squinting. In serious cases, eye twitching and/or squinting can be painful and impair vision as well as being annoying and a source of embarrassment. Botox can ease the muscle spasms and contractions around the eye that cause the problem.
Neck spasms. Medically known as cervical dystonia, neck spasms are caused by muscle contractions in the neck that cause your head to twist into a painful position.
Chronic headaches. Botox may help to reduce the frequency of bouts of migraines by relaxing muscles and blocking nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain.
Excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) – heavy and unpredictable sweating even when you’re not feeling hot or exerting yourself.
Lazy eye – the result of an imbalance in the muscles that control the positioning of the eye.
Botox may also be able to alleviate neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, which can pull limbs inward.
A further medical application of Botox is to treat jaw disorders caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
Cosmetic Benefits of Botox Treatment
Time takes its toll on all of us, and the signs of getting older are most evident in our faces. Facial movements – smiling, frowning, squinting, and even eating – can result in wrinkles and fine lines over time.
These problems generally become noticeable when we’re in our 30s or even earlier, as skin gradually loses its firmness and elasticity, and the ensuing folds and creases become more noticeable as the aging process continues.
Botox provides a temporary solution in cases like this and can be repeated every few months. Botox can also be effective in reducing neck bands – vertical creases caused by muscle drooping.
An increasing number of people are turning to Botox cosmetic treatment as a minimally invasive alternative to plastic surgery.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), botulinum toxin injections are the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedure.
Figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), show the number of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments rose by nearly 200 percent from 2000 to 2017. In 2017 itself, over seven million botulinum toxin type A treatments were performed in the States – a two percent increase in 2016.
Botox is routinely used to temporarily block nerve signals and relax the facial muscle contractions that result in problems such as:
Eyebrow furrows – folds of skin between the eyebrows.
Crow’s feet – wrinkles in the corner of the eye.
Frown lines – creases across the forehead.
Cosmetic Botox treatment may also provide a spin-off psychological benefit by boosting self-confidence.