Botox: Cosmetic & Medical Uses
Botox: Cosmetic & Medical Uses
What is Botox and how does it work?
If you’re thinking about getting a Botox treatment, you’re probably wondering:
“How can I get the best results?”
We can help you with that!
After all, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research notes that dentists are usually more proficient at providing Botox treatments than any other health professional.
To help decide if Botox is a viable option for you, we will explain:
- How Botox is collected from the bacteria, C. Botulinum.
- Why Botox is a safe treatment for many people and the side effects and conditions that can disqualify you from receiving treatment.
- How Botox works by blocking specific messages in your brain, and the two-step procedure for treatments.
- The cosmetic Botox treatments that are available for:
- Asymmetrical Lips
- Facial Wrinkles
- Gummy Smile
- Lip Enhancements
- Neck Lifts
- The medical Botox treatments that are available for:
- Crossed Eyes
- Eye Spasms
- Excessive Sweating
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck Spams
- Teeth Grinding
- TMJ Grinding
What is Botox?
Research in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine calls Botox ‘the poison that heals.’
Seem a bit counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?
Well here’s the interesting part:
Botulinum toxin (Botox) comes from the same bacteria responsible for food poisoning—C. Botulinum.
This bacteria is fermented in a laboratory to grow the toxin, which is then extracted and treated for human consumption.
Given these origins, you’re probably wondering:
Is Botox Safe?
While botulinum toxin is deadly in large doses, the smaller, weaker doses used in Botox treatments are safe and FDA-approved for many purposes.
Additionally, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research actually considers Botox a safe and conservative treatment because it is non-surgical, reversible, and minimally invasive.
Notably, the FDA states there has never been a professionally administered Botox procedure that escaped the injection site and caused serious damage.
However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology notes several potential side effects to be aware of after treatment, such as:
- Eye redness, tearing, or irritation
- Redness or bruising
- Drooping eyelids
We can provide instructions to reduce the likelihood of side effects, such as using eye drops, ointment, or sitting upright after the injection.
While Botox is safe for most people, it is essential to have a conversation with your medical professional to ensure it’s compatible with your body—there are some conditions that can disqualify you from receiving a procedure, such as:
- Neuromuscular disease
- Weak facial muscles
- Significant facial scars
- Very thick facial skin
- Uneven facial features
- Skin problems near the injection site
- Allergies to Botox
If you experience problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing after a Botox injection, immediately contact your healthcare provider.
How does Botox work?
Ordinarily, your brain sends signals through your nerves that contract your muscles and glands.
Botox blocks these messages, allowing your muscles to relax—an effect the United States Nation Library of Medicine says will last from 3 to 12 months, depending on the procedure. Afterwards, your muscles return to their natural state, meaning that Botox treatments are temporary.
The application of Botox is carried out in the manner of minutes:
Step 1: We apply an anesthetic cream on the injection site to numb it
Step 2: We then inject the Botox into the specific muscles
And that’s it!
Afterwards, you can go about your day. You will likely notice results during the following week.
Cosmetic Uses of Botox
Of all the cosmetic injections available, Botox is perhaps the most well-known—and rightfully so, given its wide variety of applications, such as treatments for:
- Asymmetrical Lips:
The Journal of International Oral Health notes Botox’s ability to correct a lip deformity where the lip is raised more on one side than the other.
- Gummy Smile:
Botox can limit the over-contraction of the lip for those who show excessive gum tissue while smiling.
According to The Journal of International Oral Health, patients who received this treatment were pleased with the results and enjoyed an increase of 124.2% in upper-lip length while smiling.
- Facial Wrinkles:
The Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that after receiving a Botox procedure for facial wrinkles, patient satisfaction with the overall appearance of their face increased by 28%. On average, patients felt they looked an average of 5.6 years younger.
However, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the effectiveness of the treatment will depend on the kind of wrinkle:
- Dynamic Wrinkles:
Everyone is born with dynamic wrinkles that deepen with time as facial muscles move to smile, laugh, and squint. Crows’ feet and frown lines between the eyebrows are examples of dynamics wrinkles. Fortunately, Botox is extremely effective in smoothing these wrinkles.
- Static Wrinkles:
Static wrinkles occur when ageing and sun damage thins the proteins in your skin. While Botox cannot entirely erase these wrinkles, many can be smoothed out and prevented from becoming deeper over several treatments.
- Lip Enhancements:
Botox and cosmetic fillers can make the lips appear fuller and create proper lip and smile lines by providing volume around the mouth.
Additionally, the “Botox lip flip” makes the upper lip seem larger by curling it upward without the use of a dermal filler.
- Neck Lift:
A Botox injection into muscles that control your jaw can improve the contour and definition of your neck. Research in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery relates that 96.6% of patients who received this treatment were satisfied with their results.
Medical Uses of Botox
While scientists are still learning the full medical capacity of Botox, it is known to temporarily alleviate the following conditions:
- Crossed Eyes:
Strabismus, or “crossed eyes,” refers to when the eyes are not properly aligned. The American Academy of Ophthalmology describes Botox as an “extremely safe” and “effective” remedy for this condition.
- Eye Spasms:
Botox is such an effective treatment for involuntary eyelid contractions that the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews declared it “unethical” to conduct more trials to prove Botox’s obvious benefits for treating eye spasms.
- Excessive Sweating:
If you sweat excessively and haven’t responded to other procedures, the American Academy of Dermatology notes that Botox is an effective treatment for this condition.
- Headaches and Migraines:
The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine cites several trials where patients noted significant reductions in headaches and migraines. In this technique, Botox is injected into muscles that interact with facial nerves or the specific areas where you feel pain.
- Neck Spasms:
Botox significantly improves the condition of patients who have neck spasms caused by cervical dystonia according to the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
- Teeth Grinding:
Botox can treat contracting jaw muscles that cause excessive, unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, also known as Bruxism. Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice confirmed the value of this dental Botox procedure in a trial that saw treated patients with significantly reduced pain levels during chewing.
- TMJ Disorders:
Many conditions can affect the temporomandibular joint—the “hinge” that connects your lower jaw to its muscles. TMJ Disorders often result in symptoms such as clicking, headaches, and pain in the jaw, face, or joints.
For those who don’t respond to conservative treatments, Botox is a viable option for alleviating some TMJ disorders. According to a 2012 study, Botox significantly decreased the pain and improved the movements of patients with TMJ—70% of whom reported less muscle tenderness.
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While Botox is a toxin collected from a deadly bacteria, it is a safe and effective procedure for many people. However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects and conditions that could disqualify you from receiving treatment.
By blocking brain signals that contract muscles, Botox has many potential uses:
For cosmetics, Botox treatments exist for asymmetrical lips, facial wrinkles, gummy smiles, lip enhancements, and neck lifts.
When it comes to medical uses, Botox can treat conditions such as crossed-eyes, eye spasms, excessive sweating, headaches and migraines, neck spasms, teeth grinding, and TMJ disorders.
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