Yes, Botox can preserve your smooth, wrinkle-less skin, but did you know it could even help you maintain your blow-out post-spin class or stop your migraines and/or sweaty hands from being a nuisance?
Botox to Prevent Chronic Migraines –FDA Approved
Botox works by relaxing muscles that are compressing irritating a nerve. Nerves yield sensation to our foreheads, the area behind our ears, and the back of the scalp that enter these areas through small tunnels in the skull. After exiting via these small tunnels, they pass through muscle before reaching the skin. “When activated, the muscle can pull on these nerves, irritating them since there isn’t much slack after exiting a small tunnel made of bone. It is thought that this nerve irritation triggers chronic migraine headaches, but if you relax the muscle with Botox, there is less traction on the nerve and thus less irritation, so you usually end up with fewer migraine headaches (it would be rare to wipe them out completely).” If another migraine does try to haunt you, it will be much less severe than before.
Botox injections to get rid of migraines are great, but it’s not for everyone, so who should avoid getting this procedure? Patients who have not had a complete neurological workup should avoid it until they do.
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) –FDA Approved
The underarm is the most common area where Botox is injected to treat hyperhidrosis, a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in the palms, soles of the feet, the face (upper lip or forehead) and scalp. The annoying thing is that people with hyperhidrosis in one area are prone to have it in other areas as well. Side note, women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or nursing should not get Botox.
After you get Botox for hyperhidrosis, don’t get too excited and throw away your deodorant; it may decrease the amount of sweat in your armpit, but maybe not the smell! “Botox works primarily on eccrine glands (which produce watery sweat) and less on apocrine glands (which produce the smell).”
Off- Label Uses of Botox (not FDA Approved)
Botox can also help make your “blowout” last longer when it is injected in the scalp and can also work well in the neck, especially for the cords or bands that run from your chin to your collarbone.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Baroody today to see if Botox is right for you!!
Information above collected by Smart Beauty Guide.