Botox is best known for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, but to the surprise of many, there are a ton of different applications of Botox. Check out these eight other uses of Botox!
Reduces migraines and headaches
Many people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, which can be debilitating and frustrating when trying to do simple day-to-day tasks. Small doses of botulinum toxin can help reduce migraine attacks. In fact, the FDA approved it back in 2010. Researchers found that more than half of patients experienced a 50% reduction in headaches, and another 29% experienced a 75% reduction.
Calms excessive sweating
If you suffer from excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, you know that it can affect the quality of your life. Whether you have problems with your underarms, scalp, forehead, palms, or soles, Botox can be injected into these areas and help with perspiration. Botulinum toxin blocks signaling to the sweat glands, which reduces humidity in these areas. This was also approved by the FDA in 2004.
Helps overactive bladders
In the United States, up to 33 million people have an overactive bladder. In 2013, the FDA approved Botox as a solution for this issue. It helps relax the bladder while also increasing its storage capacity, thereby reducing the occurrence of urinary incontinence.
Believe it or not, Botox can suppress oil production, which can help reduce acne breakouts. In a study of 20 acne patients, 85% of those who received a single dose of Botox saw a reduction in pore size and oil production in the area. If you’re considering Botox for your acne, be sure to go to a board-certified dermatologist to get it done.
Mimics a nose job
As you age, your nose begins to sag and droop. Botox can help rejuvenate your nose and face without the need for a nose job. With an injection at the base of your nose, it releases the depressor muscle that pulls your nose down so that your nose appears to be more lifted.
Lifts your lips
If you’ve ever heard of the term “lip flip,” it’s referring to a simple Botox procedure where small amounts of Botox are injected into your upper lip. As the muscles relax, your lips curl upwards, which results in a fuller appearance. It’s a very natural-looking procedure without the need for a lip filler.
Softens your jawline
If you grind your teeth, your jawline may become wider over time. Botox can help narrow your jawline and ease any pain that can result from teeth grinding. It can also make your cheeks appear more lifted.
Helps with a gummy smile
When some people smile, their upper lip thins out and shows a large portion of their upper gums, resulting in a “gummy smile.” This can hurt confidence, but Botox can help. By relaxing the muscles around your lips, more of your lips are exposed and more of your gums are covered when you smile.
If you’re interested in getting Botox, it’s important that you visit a board-certified dermatologist. At the Derm Institute of Western Michigan, Dr. Hawley has many years of experience with these specific types of treatments and great success with her clients.
Schedule a consultation with her to learn more about your Botox options!