Who Can Benefit from Botox?

Who Can Benefit from Botox?

Botox has risen in popularity over the last few years. It’s now one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. It’s most commonly known as a treatment for wrinkles, but anti-aging isn’t its only application. As long as you’re an ideal candidate for Botox, this revolutionary drug can be used to treat a myriad of conditions.

The great thing about Botox is that it’s completely non-invasive. It has also grown safer and more effective over the years. Today, there’s very little risk of developing complications from receiving this treatment.

How It Works

Botox is the brand name for onabotulinumtoxinA, a scientifically-engineered derivative of botulinum toxin. This is the toxin responsible for botulism. However, the amounts used in Botox injections are minuscule and will not harm healthy adults.

When injected in small amounts, Botox causes controlled paralysis of the muscles. It works by blocking nerve signals, which keep the muscles from contracting. This produces smoother lines and prevents new ones from forming.

Premature aging may be the most popular reason people seek this treatment. However, Botox’s nerve-blocking properties make it an ideal solution for a wide variety of complaints. If you are suffering from the following five conditions, chances are you can benefit from a simple, quick, and safe Botox treatment.

Main Benefits

Hyperhidrosis: Hyperhidrosis is a condition marked by excessive, unpredictable sweating, even when the surrounding atmosphere is relatively cool. It can be especially noticeable in areas with a lot of sweat glands, such as the hands, feet, and underarms.

Once injected, Botox blocks the nerves to prevent brain signals from reaching the sweat glands. What results is a reduction in the amount of sweat produced. The treatment’s effects will wear off as the body processes the drug, with most people receiving treatments every few months to keep excessive sweating at bay.

Migraines: The symptoms of a migraine include intense pressure headaches, nausea, seeing spots, fatigue, and sensitivity to light and sound. Understandably, these types of symptoms can make it difficult to live a normal life, which is why finding an effective treatment is key.

In 2010, the FDA finally approved the use of Botox for treating migraines. Botox inhibits pain signals from reaching the brain, thus dulling the effects of any negative symptoms of a migraine. While it doesn’t cure migraines, it can improve a person’s quality of life by alleviating their symptoms.

Bell’s Palsy: Bell’s Palsy is a form of facial paralysis, marked the rapid loss of control over one side of the face. The condition can force the facial muscles in the dominant side to overcompensate for the affected side. It can also cause uncontrollable twitching, clenching, or complete paralysis on the affected side.

Botox can treat Bell’s Palsy in one of two ways, depending on the patient’s needs. It can be injected into the affected side to relax clenching muscles and prevent uncontrollable twitching. It can also be injected into the dominant side to relax and limit muscle movement, allowing for more balance in the face until symptoms improve.

Tics and Spasms: Anyone suffering from conditions that cause facial tics and spasms will benefit from Botox treatment. It paralyzes muscles once it’s injected, thereby preventing future spasms. For this reason, it can also alleviate eye strain from excessive blinking, squinting, or eye twitching.

Signs of Aging: Anti-aging is perhaps the most obvious reason a person might be interested in such injections. With repeated stretching and contracting of facial muscles, the skin tends to wrinkle and lose elasticity over time. Injections of onabotulinumtoxinA can help reduce the damage by relaxing the muscles that make lines look deeper. Forcing the muscles to relax also preserves any remaining elasticity to keep new wrinkles from forming.

What to Expect from the Procedure

At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, Dr. Maloney will examine your face and mark the injection areas with a pen. Then, the drug will be administered with a micro-needle. In most cases, the procedure lasts about ten minutes.

Pain is minimal, but topical anesthetics or ice can be used to keep the patient comfortable. Full results are seen one to two weeks after the treatment and are expected to last three to four months.

The Importance of an Expert

To get the most out of your Botox experience, you should seek the guidance of an expert. This powerful drug should always be administered by a medical professional. Dr. Richard Maloney is double board-certified to perform any procedure on the face and neck, and he also has extensive experience working with injectables. If you feel that it’s time for a facial refresh, reach out to Dr. Maloney at (239)-594-9100 or AestheticSurgeryCenter.com.

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