3 Benefits Of BOTOX®
Botox Dubai | 3 December 2020
Patients often ask me about the science of Botox, or how it works. This FDA approved drug is what is known as a neuromodulator – a messenger released from a neuron in the central nervous system, or in the periphery, that affects groups of neurons, or effector cells that have the appropriate receptors. In other words, I inject the Botox directly into the underlying muscle, which then relaxes and smooths out the appearance of the skin that covers it. The one injection typically lasts about three months.
Let’s explore 3 benefits of Botox:
Benefit of Botox #1: Helps Relieve Migraines
The first benefit of Botox is that it helps relieve migraines. Chronic migraines can be debilitating. I remember a good friend in college who regularly had to close all of the blinds and curtains in her apartment for hours at a time when a migraine struck. It didn’t matter what she had scheduled for the day, she was down for the count. While that was certainly inconvenient for a college student, the impact is much greater for adults with jobs, families and other responsibilities.
The International Headache Society defines a chronic migraine as a “headache occurring on 15 or more days/month for more than 3 months, which, on at least 8 days/month, has the features of migraine headache.” In addition, the headaches last for an extended duration and the pain can be more severe. No wonder the people who suffer from this condition – and their families – want to get rid of the pain to improve their quality of everyday life.
Benefits of Botox #2: Alleviation of TMJ
The second benefit of Botox is that it can alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorder. Anyone who has been diagnosed with TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) understands the lifetime of discomfort and sometimes downright pain that it can elicit. Historically, people with TMJ utilize their nightguard regularly – I know some who can’t sleep or even nap without it – but did you know that Botox is now commonly used to help relieve the symptoms? People with TMJ generally experience grinding of the teeth which causes headaches, uncomfortable jaw tension and sometimes lockjaw. Others find themselves unable to sleep due to the discomfort, so not only are they groggy during the day, but they also have chronic facial pain. It’s no way to live.
Benefits of Botox #3: Botox Cosmetic Takes the Years Off
The final benefit of Botox is that it can take years off your appearance and make you feel sexy again. I can’t tell you how many patients of all ages come into the clinic and say “When did I turn into my mother?” While we all love mommy dearest, that doesn’t mean that we want to look like the family matriarch quite yet. Enter Botox to save the day, since a minor injection or two can take years off of a complexion.
Most people use Botox to target moderate to severe smile lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. We all love to laugh, but those years of sly smirks and full-blown belly laughs take their toll on our faces. Simply by smoothing certain lines on the face we can minimize the effect of all of those happy moments. In addition, those pesky lines can be caused by a loss of elasticity or collagen, genetics, dehydrated skin, smoking and a cause quite common in sunny Dubai: sun damage. The years worshipping the sun on our beautiful beaches have life-long side effects. While smile lines around the eyes or laugh lines around the mouth are more noticeable as the years go by, they’re easily treated with Botox.