At this point, pretty much everybody has heard of Botox. Once something that was denied vehemently, celebrities and ordinary people alike are now outspoken in their use of botox. Botox parties were even a trend for a short while, but fortunately, many have recognized that these injections should only be given at proper clinics. What you might not have realized, though, is that there are a number of health benefits from botox, which is used to solve many medical issues.
What Is Botox and How does it Work?
Botox injections are made from Onobotulinumtoxin A – hence why most have shortened the name to ‘botox’. The toxin itself is produced by the microbe that causes botulism – a form of food poisoning. The toxin is injected into the muscles in the desired area. So how does it work? The toxin temporarily blocks nerve signals – the main focus being the nerves that cause muscles to contract (and move). Relaxing certain muscles or preventing them from moving can help many medical conditions as well as smooth out wrinkles. As the injections need to be carefully applied by a fully trained professional, you should fully research where you intend to get them done. You should consider an experienced Medspa like Dermani Medspa to ensure you get the desired experience and results.
There are a number of physical conditions that botox can help with, and it is being considered as a way to help other conditions, such as severely cold extremities (due to constriction of blood vessels) and abnormal heart rhythms.
Muscle spasms – As you can probably imagine, there are many conditions where muscle spasms can make life very painful and difficult, such as cerebral palsy. Botox injections into the affected muscles can relax them, reducing pain and increasing movement.
Chronic Migraine – Botox seems to be particularly effective for reducing migraines. The patient receives a number of injections around the head and neck.
Bladder dysfunction – Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and upsetting for the sufferer. It can make them too worried to leave the house and socialize with other people. Botox injections can help when the cause is an overactive bladder.
Eye health – Twitching eyes and lazy eyes are mainly caused by an imbalance of muscles or overactive muscles. Botox injections can relax this area and resolve the problem.
It is important to note that Botox is not permanent – the effects of the injections will last for a few months, and it will then need to be reapplied.
The benefits of botox on mental health is, of course, a more nuanced subject, but it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Personal appearance has been shown through many studies to have an impact on self-esteem and self-worth. It also has a large impact on how people treat one another. Using botox to remove fine lines and wrinkles and enhance a person’s natural appearance has a massive effect on their confidence levels and overall happiness.
There are also studies and research into whether botox injections can effectively treat depression. The research investigates the facial feedback hypothesis – the idea that facial expressions greatly impact mood; if you can’t frown and smile more, your mood is likely to be more positive. This research is still in the early stages, and Botox has yet to be FDA-approved for this treatment.