We’ve all heard of Botox, but what exactly does it do, and why should you try it out? Which areas of your face and body can it be used on, and is it only used for aesthetic treatments? Today, we give you a rundown of the many benefits of Botox, and some of the treatments that we offer at RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN.
Benefits of Botox
Botox Can Tighten Your Jowls
One of the most exciting benefits of Botox is that it can be used to tighten jowls that have become increasingly less defined over time. With only 40 to 60 units of this incredibly powerful neurotoxic protein injected along the muscles of your jawbone, the skin of your jowls can be tightened to make you look several years younger for several months at a time.
Botox Can Soften Your Chin and Jawline
If you grind your teeth regularly, you will eventually notice that your jawline is widening slowly. This may not be a problem for men, but most women find that the widening of the jawline makes them look too masculine. When Botox is injected into the area, it simultaneously relaxes the overstimulated muscles and shrinks the jawline, leaving behind a more feminine profile. The results of Botox injections for these purposes last approximately one year.
Botox Can Augment Your Upper Lip
Another incredible thing Botox can do is augmenting your upper lips. People who have severe volume loss in the upper and lower lip may need dermal filler injections. Other people may need a combination of filler and Botox injections to achieve the look they’re going for. However, Botox is powerful enough to be a standalone treatment in cases where only the upper lip needs to be augmented.
To augment the upper lip while keeping the results looking completely natural, Botox is injected into the orbicularis oris muscle. This relaxes the muscle and causes the upper lip to curl up naturally. Very few units of the medication are required to achieve this result, so the treatment is faster than dermal filler injections. If you’re seeking a natural-looking upper lip augmentation, Botox injections around the mouth may be the perfect solution for you.
Botox Can Rejuvenate Your Neck
One of the earliest signs of aging is horizontal neck wrinkles. Botox injections are perfect for erasing these wrinkles and making you look five to 15 years younger. The injections are made in strategic places both above and below the wrinkles to relax the underlying muscles. We recommend not holding off on Botox for neck wrinkles until the problem is severe.
The older you get, the stronger your neck muscles get. Eventually, the muscles become so strong that they enlarge and protrude. Even worse, your neck muscles are connected to the muscles in your lower face. As the muscles in your neck tighten, your lower face sags. Early, regular Botox injections can push off the need for a neck lift or facelift. The more regularly you receive treatment, the more your neck muscles stay relaxed and do not grow.
Botox Can Make Your Chest Look Younger
When Botox is injected into the pectoral muscles, wrinkles between the breasts are smoothed away. Wrinkles in the decollete region most commonly occur in older women. However, they can also occur in younger women who don’t wear adequate protection from the sun. If you’re under 35 and have wrinkles between your breasts, make sure you’re wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen when you go outside.
Some sunscreens don’t protect against UVC rays, the UV rays that are responsible for such consequences as premature skin wrinkling and an increased risk of melanoma. It’s also worth reminding you that sunscreens lose potency over time. Check to make sure that your sunscreen isn’t expired before you apply it and make sure it’s stored in a cool, dry, dark place. Storing it in your bathroom cabinet or drawer is a bad idea due to humidity and heat from baths.
Botox Can Treat Hyperhidrosis
Another life-changing benefit of Botox injections is the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excess sweating. This condition most commonly affects the underarms, but it can also affect other regions of your body, like your hands, feet, forehead, or pubic region.
Botox injections may be ideal hyperhidrosis treatment for you if you don’t want surgery and you have yet to find an effective medication to treat the condition. Hyperhidrosis doesn’t just cause unwanted odor and moisture. It can also lead to Athlete’s foot, sweaty palms before interviews, and needing to pack a spare undershirt when you go to work every day. Botox can alleviate these symptoms for approximately six months.
Botox Can Prevent Acne Breakouts
Acne can be caused by anything from stress or poor diet to genetics. Many women experience breakouts every month as their oil production increases due to hormone fluctuations. When acne breakouts are caused by hormonal fluctuations, birth control can help, but it’s not right for everyone. However, just about everyone is a good candidate for Botox injections. If you’re tired of dealing with regular acne flare-ups, ask how Botox can help slow oil production.
Botox Can Treat Blepharospasms
Another incredible benefit that can be derived from Botox injections is the treatment of blepharospasms. Blepharospasms are uncontrollable eyelid spasms that can be far more than a nuisance. When your eyelids spasms uncontrollably, you don’t just lose your ability to read your favorite book or play your favorite videogame. You also can’t drive safely and you may have difficulty sleeping at night. Botox can help you restore your independence and sleep quality.
Botox Can Ease Worry Lines
Botox is so powerful that it can easily erase the deepest forehead folds. The muscles in your forehead are so large and strong that your forehead is most commonly the site of the deepest folds. Unfortunately, the severity of these deep folds is exacerbated every time you frown, raise one of your eyebrows incredulously or raise both of your eyebrows in surprise.
Relaxing these powerful forehead muscles is quite the task for other neurotoxic injectables. You’d need large, expensive doses of the protein and you may not be able to achieve your desired results in one treatment session. Furthermore, the final results of your treatment wouldn’t last too long. Botox is different. Botox can ease worry lines with just one treatment session and provide results that last several months.
Botox Can Treat Cervical Dystonia
One of the most compelling medical benefits of Botox is its ability to treat cervical dystonia. Cervical dystonia is a condition characterized by severe pain caused by chronic neck muscle spasticity. When your neck spasms uncontrollably, your head is jerked into unnatural positions. Depending on the type of cervical dystonia you have, you may feel pain in your head, neck, shoulders, or spine.
If you use Botox to treat cervical dystonia, it will take only 24 hours to start to feel relief. However, it will take two weeks for the treatment to take full effect. After that, the final results of your treatment will last approximately 2.5 months. Three months after your initial round of injections you may notice your muscles start to spasm again. The treatment won’t wear off instantly, but you may want to come in for a follow-up before it gets too bad again.
Botox Can Erase Crow’s Feet
Another cosmetic benefit you can derive from Botox injections is the treatment of crow’s feet. Since the muscles around your eyes aren’t as large as your forehead or neck muscles, you will need a much smaller dose of medication to erase the lines around your eyes that make you look far older than you actually are.
Depending on your lifestyle, you can expect the results of treatment for crow’s feet to last anywhere from four to six months. Your results will last longer if you were sunglasses when you go outside. While Botox prevents muscle hyperactivity, it doesn’t completely stop the muscles from moving. Therefore, you’re still able to squint, and regular squinting will hasten how quickly the medication wears off.
Botox Can Treat Chronic Migraines
Chronic migraines are defined as at least 15 headache days monthly, with at least eight days having headaches with migraine characteristics, for over three months. In other words, you may have chronic migraines if you have headaches at least 15 days per month, every month, and on at least eight days per month you get splitting tension headaches accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light, smells, or sounds, and dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
This condition can be caused by obesity, overuse of barbiturates or NSAIDs, mood disorders, like major depressive disorder or an anxiety disorder, chronic sleep deprivation, or excess caffeine consumption, just to name a few potential causes. When Botox is injected into strategic points around the head and neck, migraine relief can be experienced for three months. You can expect at least 50% fewer headaches and headache days without migraine symptoms.
Botox Can Treat Nasolabial Folds With Ease
Another compelling advantage Botox has over other neurotoxic protein injectables is its ability to treat nasolabial folds easily. Nasolabial folds are the deep vertical folds that run from your nose to your mouth that cause you to look years older than you actually are. With just five to 10 units of medication on each side, you can erase these folds for six months.
Botox Can Eliminate the Need for an Invasive Brow Lift
Over time, your eyebrows sag. This doesn’t just make you look older; it also makes you look tired or disinterested in what people are trying to tell you. Traditional brow lifts are invasive procedures that take up to six weeks of preparation and several weeks of recovery, including a week or two off from work. Even if you can afford to take 10 days off from work, there are much better things you can do with your time than sit around waiting to recover.
With Botox injections to lift sagging eyebrows, you only need to stop taking blood-thinning drugs and supplements for a few days before your treatment. Rather than an invasive procedure that lasts hours followed by an observation period that lasts hours, you can get injections that take 30 seconds, and you are free to return to work once we review after-care steps with you.
Learn More About the Benefits Botox Can Bring You
There are many incredible benefits of Botox. It can tighten your jowls, smooth wrinkles, augment your lips, and more. To learn more about the incredible benefits of this treatment, please contact our office at RNA Medical Aesthetics in Johnson City, TN today to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We are open from 8 to 6 Monday through Friday and available on Saturday and Sunday by request.