Botox has become synonymous with reducing wrinkles. The treatments are quick, easy, and low-risk, but did you know that Botox can be used for more than just facial lines and wrinkles?
In this article, we explain what Botox is and how it can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including those beyond the cosmetic space.
What is Botox?
Botox is a branded form of botulinum toxin, a naturally occurring compound derived from bacteria. The effects of this compound relax muscles when used in small quantities. Since it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles, Botox is an ideal treatment for forehead wrinkles or the 11-lines between the brows.
Botox can be used to relax an overactive upper lip which leads to a “gummy” smile. It can also be used to treat asymmetrical features.
Botox can also be used to relax overactive muscles that cause pain from spasms. These might include muscles in the head, neck, or jaw. Botox can provide relief to patients suffering from painful conditions.
Is Botox Right For You?
If you’ve been seeking a solution for how to get rid of wrinkles, chances are you’ll benefit from and love the results of a Botox treatment. Although this treatment has been approved and regulated for decades, you must understand the procedure and be medically cleared by our medical director (not to worry we’ll set that up!). Side effects are rare and mainly the reason people can’t have Botox is pregnancy, breastfeeding or allergy.
What is botox used for? The treatment offers several benefits for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic purposes. In addition to getting rid of wrinkles, Botox is used for:
hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
treating migraines and headaches
treating bruxism (teeth grinding)
Botox helps resolve hyperhidrosis symptoms by blocking nerve signals that cause the sweat glands to produce excessive perspiration, most commonly in the underarms, palms and soles of the feet. This treatment has been incredibly effective and popular, and possibly best of all, often partially covered by your private insurance!
For those who grind their teeth (Bruxism), Botox has been effective at reducing pain and TMJ symptoms, often in conjunction with a night guard from your dentist. Although Botox for grinding is best studied when used with a night guard, many clients tell us they no longer need the guard once they relax the muscles. These treatments tend to be longer lasting, typically needing treatments twice a year, and are similarly often partially covered by private insurance.
Discover the Benefits of Botox
Whether you are looking to try Botox for cosmetic reasons or a medical condition, our team of experts can help you get the treatment you need. At Waterloo Medical Cosmetics, we have the experience and medical know-how to offer safe and effective therapies that get you results.
Envision a refreshed you and try Botox with our team! To book an appointment with Waterloo Medical Cosmetics, simply give us a call at (226) 476-4367, or fill out our convenient online form.