Botox is well known as one of the most popular ways to reduce facial wrinkles today. While we only offer Botox for the face at Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery, you may be surprised to find out that Botox offers several other significant benefits aside from reducing facial wrinkles. Keep reading to learn more about exactly what uses for Botox can potentially benefit your whole body.
The Ingredients in Botox
Today, Botox is used all over the body for a variety of reasons. The main ingredient in Botox is Onabotulinum toxin A, which is a derivative of the botulism toxin. Onabotulinum toxin A works by preventing muscle contractions and spasms, which can make it valuable for a variety of applications.
The other ingredients in Botox, which are known as accessory proteins, are albumin human and sodium chloride. Neither of the accessory proteins in Botox has a significant effect on your body. They’re included to help stabilize the Onabotulinum toxin A and allow it to work effectively in your body.
Botox For Lines and Wrinkles
Botox is the leading non-surgical aesthetic treatment in America today, and a procedure Dr. Kim does here at Sunrise often. It’s particularly popular because a short series of injections can control muscle movement in the key areas where lines and wrinkles form in your face, without excessive pain or downtime. The most popular places on the face for Botox include the lines around the eyes, the lines between the eyebrows, and the lines on your forehead. Botox usually lasts up to four months in the face.
Botox For Migraine Headaches
If you suffer from migraines for more than half of the month (15 days each month), Botox could help. Botox is injected directly into the pain fibers that are active when you have migraines. It prevents pain signal transmissions, which can essentially stop migraines before they have a chance to begin. Usually, Botox treatments for migraines are needed every 10-12 weeks by a trained professional. According to the American Migraine Foundation, patients report a 50% reduction in migraines after only two treatments.
Botox For Excessive Sweating
Botox injections can be a solution for hyperhidrosis, aka excessive sweating. When injected into the sweat glands by a professional, Botox can stop the chemical that activates your sweat glands from working. This can cut down on excessive sweating by 82-87%, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Botox for excessive sweating usually lasts anywhere from four to 12 months and may last longer in some situations.
Botox For Cervical Dystonia
If you have cervical dystonia, your neck muscles seize up randomly, which can make you tilt your head in an uncomfortable way. When Botox is injected into the muscles that contract too much, it prevents these contractions and relieves your discomfort or pain. This can allow you to resume normal healthy head posture. Botox treatment for cervical dystonia usually lasts for around 10-12 weeks and are done by trained professionals.
Other Possible Uses For Botox
Although we only inject Botox in the face at Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery, Botox is FDA approved for the cases above. There are however other potential uses for this amazingly flexible substance. For example, Botox might help patients who suffer from TMJ by relaxing the muscles controlling the jaw and allowing them to unclench. Botox is also sometimes used for patients who suffer from urinary incontinence, as it can help prevent bladder spasms that contribute to the condition.
If there’s a place where muscle movement contributes to discomfort or pain, there’s a good chance that Botox might help. Be sure to talk to your health care provider about which Botox uses are currently FDA approved and which are still pending official approval.
Is Botox Right For You?
Botox might be right for you if you want to find a non-invasive answer for problems like facial wrinkles, excessive sweating, migraines, or cervical dystonia. Botox injections for the face only take a few minutes at Sunrise Oral Surgery, and you can expect great results because all injections are performed by highly trained care doctors. There is no downtime after Botox injections, so you can get back to work right away if you wish.
At Sunrise Oral Surgery, Dr. Schmid, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Kossak offer comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgery services. They’re highly experienced in bone grafting, oral surgery, teeth-in-a-day, dental implants, Botox, lip augmentation, and more. For the best facial and oral care needs in Brevard County, contact Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery today!