Top 5 uses for Botox®
Most of us know that Botox® is a popular and highly effective way to help with anti-ageing; It temporarily relaxes the face muscles that cause expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. Botox® for cosmetic uses has been approved since 2002.
However, did you know that Botox® was first approved by the FDA as a medical product in 1989 to treat two eye muscle disorders, blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking) and strabismus (crossed eyes)? The FDA approved Botox® for treating cervical dystonia, which is a condition that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions in the year 2000. Dr Anita Dhunna offers Botox® injections for many cosmetic concerns. Over the years, the five most common uses for Botulinum Toxin Type A (the name of the actual substance used – Botox® is simply a brand name for said substance) have become hugely popular with patients all across the globe!
- Botox® for dynamic wrinkles and expression lines
As Botox® is a neurotoxin, it temporarily blocks the nerve signals, which cause us to create expressions such as squinting, smiling, frowning and raising our eyebrows. This means that areas such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, Glabellar lines (the lines between our eyebrows) and even bunny lines (the lines that form down the sides of our nose when we squint) can be treated effectively and for up to 6 months at a time.
Botox® is only legally available to medical professionals who can expertly judge how much of the product to use and which areas of the face to use it. You won’t end up looking expressionless or permanently surprised, if you seek the treatment from someone who is licensed and adequately trained to prescribe and use it. Botox® will not, however, treat deeper folds and crevices (static lines and wrinkles), and these skin concerns would best be treated by alternative methods, such as dermal fillers.
- Botox® for the jawline and chin
With modern injections techniques being constantly updated and innovative solutions created to combat the ageing process, Botox® has recently been a popular choice for the discerning cosmetic doctor to treat the appearance of a sagging jawline and even a lumpy chin! Teamed with dermal fillers, a more chiselled, contoured jawline can be achieved with a few simple injections, and that cobbled look that we sometimes get around the chin area when speaking can be smoothed and reduced.
- Botox® for facial slimming
Did you know that when injected into the masseter muscles (the muscles on either side of our jaw), Botox® can actually slim down a square lower face and produce a more pleasing, feminine appearance? This is because if we are inclined to grind our teeth, either during the day, subconsciously, or even when we are asleep, the masseter muscles are over-pronounced, giving a square look to the face. By injecting the masseter muscles with Botox® it minimises the physical action of teeth grinding and reduces the size of these muscles, causing a square jaw appearance. A win-win if you suffer with teeth grinding, want to save your teeth from being chipped and damaged, and wish to improve your facial appearance!
- Botox® for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Excessive sweating is a condition that can affect many of us during puberty. However, for some, this can continue into adulthood and can prove embarrassing and, in severe cases, debilitating, making everyday life difficult and personal and professional relationships complicated. Botox® injections in excess sweating areas, such as the hands, feet, underarms, back and face, block the signals that stimulate the sweat glands, meaning you can be sweat-free for up to 6 months at a time. You needn’t worry, though, as, with around two to four million sweat glands located all over the body, you will still be able to regulate body temperature as normal, so this is a very safe and effective procedure.
- Botox® for migraines
If you’re someone who experiences migraines regularly, you’ll know how painful, disorientating and downright awful they can feel. Many people who suffer migraines spend a day or two recovering and cannot continue with their daily routine, should one arise. That’s why so many people who suffer from migraines are now turning to Botox® injections as preventative medicine. When used for migraines, Botox® is injected into seven specific muscles around the head and neck area, including the forehead, bridge of the nose, the back of the head and just above the shoulder blades in the upper back. The results can last for months and can even negate the need for strong medication to manage or combat a migraine attack. No wonder thousands of people rely on Botox® injections to help keep their migraines at bay, without the use of painkillers or strong oral medicines.
Botox® is a safe, quick and virtually pain-free treatment, when administered by a medical professional such as Dr Anita Dhunna, and offers a vast range of health and cosmetic benefits.
If you would like to discuss your individual and unique concerns and whether Botox® injections would be right for you, make an appointment for a no-obligation, complimentary consultation with Dr Anita at any one of her convenient clinic locations: Harley Street London, Bishop Stortford, Herts, Brookman’s Park, Herts and South Woodford, Essex.