Botox isn’t *just* for wrinkles and can treat a range of skincare and medical concerns. Here’s what it can do for your skin and your overall wellbeing.

In January 2017, Botox graced the cover of Time magazine. This was almost 30 years since it was first administered in 1989. Over the course of those three decades, this once-controversial injectable has now become more mainstream. We have also since learned just how versatile it can be in treating a host of conditions.

Despite its many uses, however, there is still a stigma surrounding the use of Botox. Many people associate it with frozen, unnatural faces, incapable of being expressive, attempting to defy time.

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Going to a board-certified dermatologist or aesthetician for a customizable treatment will guarantee natural results.

Botox: What is it?

Botox is a drug that is made from a botulinum toxin.  Despite much fearmongering, it is safe to use and is approved by the FDA. Injecting it into certain muscles weakens or temporarily paralyzes them, with the effects wearing off after around three months. The reason that it has become such a popular treatment in delaying the signs of aging is that it prevents expression lines from forming permanent creases in the skin. By limiting facial movement on the forehead, between the eyes and the bridge of the nose skin is able to appear smoother and more youthful for longer.Botox is often used in conjunction with fillers to rejuvenate lackluster skin. Many still consider this effective combination to be the gold standard when it comes to keeping skin youthful.

One drug, many uses

Most people use Botox to delay skin aging, but it has many other uses within the medical realm. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis – or excessive sweating – in areas such as the armpits or hands have seen improvements after receiving Botox. Bruxism – or jaw clenching and teeth grinding – can also be vastly improved by administering this drug. Other conditions that can be treated with Botox include chronic migraines, a lazy eye and even an overactive bladder.

What to expect

Your healthcare provider uses a tiny needle to administer the drug after the application of numbing cream. This can sting a bit but is generally over quickly. You will need to refrain from exercise for 24 hours but life can, otherwise, proceed as normal. Some patients experience bruising at the site but concealer can be used to cover it until it fades.

All in all, this non-invasive treatment can deliver life-changing results, both aesthetically and medically, with just a few pricks. And considering its vast array of uses, just about anyone can benefit from this innovative drug.

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