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11 Things Botox Can Do — Other Than Relax Wrinkles

1. BOTOX - SLIMS YOUR FACE

The muscles (Masseters) that help you clench the jaw can get overactive and grow, like any other muscle in our body. This makes your jaw appear wide and bulky. Anti-wrinkle injections (Botox) is a very useful treatment for slimming the jawline and your whole face. A slimmer, more defined face could be just a few Botox injections away. Masseter reduction has even been said to give the appearance of a 5 to 10-pound weight loss.



2. BOTOX - BROW LIFT

A Botox brow lift can elevate the height of your eyebrows. This treatment works by relaxing underlying muscles to smooth your skin on the outside and relaxing the muscles between the brows. This allows the forehead muscles to pull up the now-relaxed muscles between the brows, thereby elevating the brows and opening up the eyes. Additional Botox injections can be placed at the ends of the eyebrows to help relax those muscles as well. This allows the forehead muscles to now pull up the tails of your eyebrows, too.



3. BOTOX - LIP FLIP

Botox lip flips are a quick, non-surgical cosmetic procedure during which a medical professional uses a small amount of Botox to inject your lips. The injection temporarily relaxes the muscles around your lip. This causes the part of your upper lip that’s inside your mouth to “flip” upward and outward, giving your lip a fuller appearance.



4. BOTOX - NOSE SLIMMING

Botox injections improve the dynamic action of nostril flaring. There are muscles (Nasalis) that pull the nostrils literally making the nose look wider. By injecting Botox into specific areas around the nose, the pull of these muscles will be softened, reducing the nostril flare and making the nose look slimmer with no surgery.



5. BOTOX - CALMS EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Similar to the way Botox works on muscles, it prevents the message from your nerves from getting to your sweat glands. If the gland doesn't get the signal, then it doesn't produce sweat, which means there will be no wetness in that area. So doctors can use Botox to treat hyperhidrosis (medically diagnosed excessive sweating) by injecting the area -say, the underarms, scalp, forehead, soles, or palms.



6. BOTOX - PROVIDES HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE RELIEF

Studies have shown that adults who get chronic migraine headaches cut down the total number of days they had them or even other types of headaches after Botox treatments. The participants reported "crystal-clear" - pain-free - days each month, and they reported fewer days off work. In another study, nearly half the people who took two rounds of Botox injections reported that the number of days they had a headache each month was cut in half. Doctors think Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox is like a roadblock in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.



7. BOTOX - PREVENTS TEETH GRINDING

The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headache, jaw problems, and damaged teeth. However, the researchers reported that injections of Botox into the chewing muscles (Masseters) in the cheek can block the signals that tell these muscles to contract, relieving the grinding and clenching. "Nighttime and daytime bruxism is a very common condition that can cause headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, and dental problems that can lead to disability and adversely impact the quality of life. Additionally, grinding your teeth can make your jawline wider over time; dermatologists can inject Botox into the area, which shrinks the muscle and narrows the jawline. The results, which last for a year, can also have other positive effects, like making your cheeks appear more lifted and relieving the pain and soreness that can result from teeth grinding.



8. BOTOX - REDUCES SCARING

One of the many factors that influence scar outcomes is tension, pulling forces placed on the wound or incisional edges. There are two main factors that cause wound tension. The first factor is how tight is the wound closure, a force that comes primarily from the skin edges themselves. That is a wound influence that the plastic surgeon has some, but not much, control over. Wound suturing techniques help but when tissue has been lost or moved, the closure is going to be under some tension. The body relaxes this tension over time through scar widening and redness. The other tension factor, probably less significant, is the pulling of the tissues from the underlying muscle. This is primarily a potential issue in facial wounds and it has to have the right combination of scar orientation to the direction of the expressive muscle movement action. (scar must be oblique or perpendicular to how the muscle moves) Herein lies the theoretical benefit of Botox scar therapy. If the muscle action is lessened during the early phases of healing, scar widening could theoretically be reduced. Such Botox use would have to be done early (within the first few months) and would not have any chance of being effective in more mature scars.



9. BOTOX - EFFECTIVELY TREATS GUMMY SMILE

A gummy smile refers to a smile where there’s an excessive display of the upper gum, aka gingival tissue. The upper lip is not able to cover up the large gum tissue. In most cases, people are unhappy about the gum on top of the upper frontal teeth. And in some cases, it’s an issue for the whole upper frontal teeth, including the upper molars in the back. It’s more common among young people. As you get older, the muscles pull down naturally. When treating a gummy smile, Botox is injected into the muscles on each side of the upper lip. That way, the upper lip isn’t able to lift up as much. And with the limited elevation of the upper lip, your gums don’t show when you smile. That’s how Botox is used to fix a gummy smile.



10. BOTOX - LIFTS THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH

For patients who are tired of always looking sad or even angry, correcting drooping, downturned mouth corners with Botox can change their self-image – and their lives. Droopy mouth corners are often easily corrected with a small dose of Botox administered by a carefully trained medical professional. Drooping at the corners of the mouth is often caused by over-contraction of one or both DAOs – or depressor anguli oris muscles. This paired set of jaw muscles runs beside the mouth corners and is responsible for the sad, perturbed, or frowning look that many of your patients will find highly undesirable. All you have to do is frown and you’ll feel these muscles pulling downward. But with Botox, you can reduce this drooping and improve the overall look of the face and the demeanor of the patient.



11. BOTOX - IMPROVES APPEARANCE OF THE NECK

Administered within a 5–15-minute timeframe, Botox is injected into several locations along the lower jaw and down the patient’s neck. The injections in the neck are focused in the platysma muscles. When the platysma muscle contracts, there is a downward pull on the tissues of the lower face, including the jowls. The platysma muscle acts as a major depressor in the lower face with subsequent inaesthetic complications, Botox injections can be very useful to reverse some of these unwanted complications. Injections to the neck and jawline result in a noticeable tightening, smoothing, and lifting effect of the skin.



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