how botox works
No matter where we inject Botox it always does this same thing and that is that it essentially limits or prevents movement in the areas treated.
Normally, your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so that they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. Botox works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle does not receive the message to contract. This means that the muscle spasms or movements that cause wrinkling, stop or are greatly reduced after using BOTOX®.
But the benefits don’t stop at wrinkles; because acetylcholine is not being activated, there are a number of other uses Botox can help you enjoy the warm, mask-free, active summer ahead!
1. Excessive Sweating
Intense sweating can be embarrasing and uncomfortable and pretty much ruin your day – and your clothes!
BOTOX® injections can fix this.
BOTOX® can be injected into areas which sweat profusely like the under arms and backs of knees or palms of the hands as it blocks the release of acetylcholine near the sweat glands which is the cause of the excessive sweating.
The average amount of Botox for underarms is 50 on each side and is usually needed once or twice a year depending upon the patient. Less may be neededin smaller areas, but it all depends upon the patient.
2. Acne Aid
Most Dermatologists have known this for years, but Botox for acne is just starting to gain attentions as a treatment to aid in treating chronic acne.
Botox injections block acetylcholine in the skin’s dermis which is linked to the skin’s oil production. Oil turns the skin into a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause acne outbreaks. With Botox injections, patients experience fewer flare ups and healthier, less oily skin.
3. Jaw Grinding and Clenching
Injected in to the masseters, Botox will limit your ability to clench or grind your teeth, which you will notice this about a week after your injections.
If you are a longtime clencher the chances are your jawline will be larger or more pronounced and one of the added bonuses to masseter injections is that in about 30 days you will see a noticeably slimmer look to this area.
Masseter injections require a total of 40 units of Botox (20 per side) and most patients get treatment twice a year to maintain results.
4. Jaw and Neck Tightening
Neck Botox is a great way to target pronounced muscles (platysmal bands) that become more obvious as we age.
In addition to wrinkle reduction, Botox in the neck will relax the muscles that pull down the jawline, thereby improving the jawline. This means that neck Botox can effectively tighten the skin adding subtle changes to the shape of the jaw and neck, slimming it down and reduce sagging skin.
5. Foot Pain
If you have tighter calf muscles, which can develop over time from overuse, exercise, and even wear high heels shoes, then you know the pain that can come from plantar fascitiis and other tendon pain.
Traditionally steriods were used to treat these systems, but lately patients have been finding relief with Botox.
When Botox is injected into the plantar fascia, it relaxes and weakens the strength of the tendon, relieving swelling and pain.
Botox injections offer an effective treatment option for both nerve and neuroma pain. After a Botox injection, the damaged nerves are paralyzed and can no longer transmit pain signals to the brain.
Read more about Botox for Foot Pain:
Foot and Ankle Institute
Because Botox injections block chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, injections have been found to work for pain and muscle related issues – and this includes chronic headaches and debilitating migraines.
While not a cure for migraines, this FDA approved treatment is a great preventative method for keeping migraines at bay and reducing the frequency for sufferer.
Read more about Botox for Migraines:
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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If you think Botox might be right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our injectors – they are always free and if you decide to get treatmentthey can take care of you at the same appointment.