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Yet there is not a deep understanding of the many benefits of Botox. Let's dive into everything Botox (botulinum toxin) does.
Botox Benefits: Overview
- Safe (when administered by a qualified, highly-skilled doctor)
- Powerful for smoothing existing wrinkles, including frown lines ('elevens'), crow's feet, and forehead lines
- Effective at preventing future wrinkles
- Able to stop still-forming wrinkles from becoming permanent
- Ideal for the forehead and skin around the eyes
- Impressive at smoothing cleavage wrinkles, neck lines, and marionette lines
- Sustainable - regular application prevents reversion to visible wrinkles
- Shown to significantly reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Useful for curtailing chronic migraines for many migraine sufferers
Targeted application relaxes the muscles where injected, limiting actions that cause and exacerbate visible signs of aging. This muscle relaxation can also drastically reduce excessive sweating from multiple parts of the body and craniofacial region, as well as help eliminate chronic migraines for many people.
Botox's Muscle Relaxation Power
Botox injections start working immediately. Visible results show within hours of treatment. The impact reaches its peak at around the 14-day post-treatment mark, and patients will see Botox's smoothing effect immediately. The overall results - a relaxed, refreshed, smoothed and rejuvenated face - will be evident for approximately three months.
Future, Ongoing BenefitsBotox is an investment in 'future-proofing' your face. Used preventatively, it can ensure that still-forming, dynamic wrinkles - like the forehead expression lines you get from everyday facial movements - don't turn into static, permanent wrinkles. This prevention means your more youthful look becomes lower maintenance.
Appropriate Ages for BotoxAt a certain age, many of us deeply regret not taking more care and consideration with treating their skin when we were younger. This is one reason Botox is so popular across age groups: Younger patients understand its preventative effects, while more mature patients recognise how it can help ameliorate the negative impact of previous neglect.
Beyond the FaceWhile Botox is most well-known for its remarkable anti-aging results for the upper face, it also brings those same benefits to other areas.
One region where Botox works wonders is the neck. As we age, loss of collagen and elastin leads to slack, wrinkled, saggy skin. This is very evident in the area known as the platysmal bands - two muscles that run vertically from the base of the neck.
Botox is excellent for eliminating these lines. A skilled doctor can inject Botox at precise points along the lower jawline and down the lateral aspects of the neck. This produces a noticeably more defined jawline, with balance and symmetry restored to the underlying muscles. This creates a visible neck lift.
Another of the most neglected parts of a woman's skin can be found in her décolletage. This French term refers to the lower neckline and cleavage - a region frequently exposed to harmful UV radiation and the elements.
The décolletage doesn't often receive the same love and care we give our faces. All of this leads to a collection of vertical lines and deep wrinkles - which are very obvious if you wear anything low-cut. If you're a side sleeper, this wrinkling and deterioration of your cleavage will happen faster and more dramatically.
Deep creases, fine lines and wrinkles in this area contribute massively to premature ageing. Botox is excellent at eliminating these lines and wrinkles, smoothing and rejuvenating the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Botox for Medical IssuesFor migraine sufferers, Botox has been approved as a treatment for chronic migraines. This is defined as suffering more than 15 days per month with these agonising headaches. Results vary from patient to patient, depending on variables such as severity, frequency, and pattern of migraines.
And if you're one of the 5% of the population afflicted with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), Botox can help alleviate that as well. Known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can significantly interfere with a person's daily life. Botox is the safe, fast way to regulate the body's sweat production. Whether you're suffering due to excessive sweating from your face, armpits, hands or feet, Botox injections can help.