Over the past few decades, Botox has become synonymous with cosmetic injections. And though Botox is in fact used for cosmetic purposes, it actually offers many other benefits.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum found in plants, soil, water and animal intestines. The chemical blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and causes muscle paralysis that lasts for several months. For wrinkle treatment, Botox is just what the doctor may prescribe.
Benefits of Botox
Botox has been praised for it’s many cosmetic and health-beneficial superpowers. Botox can help:
- Manage acne by curbing oil production and therefore reducing breakouts
- Offer a temporary face-lift
- Lift the nose
- Soften the jawline and chin
- Tighten jowls
- Lift the lips
- Smooth the neck
- Smooth lines in the pectoral muscles (décolleté)
- Prevent migraines
- Make hair blowouts last longer (because of less sweat around the hairline)
In addition to paralyzing muscles to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Botox also increases skin elasticity for three to four months. One study found that when the effects of Botox were at their peak, the drug could increase skin elasticity by 30 percent.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Botox started out as a cosmetic treatment for facial wrinkles, but today it is also used to treat neuromuscular conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms and hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive and abnormal sweating. Individuals with hyperhidrosis often soak through their clothing or drip sweat. Regular anterperspirants unfortunately are not much help for people with this condition.
How Botox Can Treat Hyperhidrosis
Botox has received FDA approval for treating hyperhidrosis in the armpits, however Botox may also be used “off-label” to reduce sweating in the hands, feet and face. Off-label refers to using a medication for something other than what it was approved to treat. Off-label Botox treatments have not been as vigorously tested as FDA-approved Botox treatments.
For individuals with hyperhidrosis, Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating the sweat glands. Properly functioning sweat glands are activated to naturally cool the body, but in individuals with hyperhidrosis the sweat glands are overactive. Botox injections for hyperhidrosis will affect the area of the body that sweats excessively.
What the Research Shows
Studies have shown that Botox can treat sweaty palms in 80-90 percent of cases. Botox can also treat forehead sweat by reducing sweating by 75 percent for about five months. Studies of Botox injections for underarm sweating have shown that Botox is extremely effective.
How Are Botox Injections Performed?
A Botox injection is performed using a very fine needle. During the procedure, the doctor will make several injections that form a grid pattern around the problem area. Patients may receive ice or a numbing agent to help alleviate pain.
After the procedure, patients are able to resume normal daily activities.
Is Botox Right For You?
Whether you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis or would like to soften the appearance of wrinkles, Botox may offer the results you’ve been searching for. Patients should reach out to The Bliss Room Medical Spa & Wellness to schedule an initial consultation — we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!