Benefits and Possible Side-effects of Botox Treatment
What is the most common cosmetic concern of people these days? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons puts wrinkles at the top spot. Having wrinkles is one of the primary signs of aging. Skin begins to lose elastin and collagen with time which causes wrinkles and lines on the face. When it comes to removing wrinkles, there is no match for Botox surgery. Back in 2002, FDA approved Botox surgery for the treatment of wrinkles. And, recently FDA has approved Botox for crow’s feet as well. While many aesthetic patients already know the benefits of Botox treatment, medical patients are unaware of the benefits of Botox in treatment. So, they may be a little skeptical. In this article, we are listing the top 5 cosmetic and medical benefits of Botox injections.
How Does Botox work?
If you want to explain this to someone who knows nothing about Botox, simply say that it acts as a barrier between the muscle and the brain. The brain will tell the muscles to move. This may be due to misfiring neurons or there is some other reason, Botox will keep muscle still.
Apart from that, tell the patient about the ways Botox will help in relaxing muscles. This is good for both medical and cosmetic patients. Now, let’s see the top 5 benefits of Botox treatment.
Botox Is Used For Treating a Drooping Brow
Drooping brows are also known as Brow Ptosis. Even when you are happy and feeling awake, drooping brow will make you look tired and unhappy. Sometimes there are biological reasons behind drooping brows. Eating more vegetables and exercises for facial muscles can be helpful. However, there are some cases in which medical intervention is required. This is where Botox treatment comes into play. Correctly administering Botox will relax brow muscles. Botox treatment can also keep brow muscles aloft.
Botox Can Be Used To Stop Excessive Sweating
According to the National Library of Medicine, a patient suffering from a condition called “Hyperhidrosis” sweats excessively and unpredictably. This condition often leads to a lot of unhappiness. “Hyperhidrosis” patients sweat even when they are taking rest or when the temperature is not high. The patient wants to stop this excessive and unpredictable sweating at any cost. So, the patient may not ask much about the role of Botox treatment in fixing the problem.
If the patient wants to know, you can give the same explanation. Acting as a barrier between the brain and muscles, Botox stops instructions the brain sends to muscles to perform some action. Botox stops these instructions from reaching sweat glands. This is pretty helpful in fixing excessive localized sweating in body parts including the patient’s hands, feet or armpits. You must tell the patient that this is not a permanent solution. They need to get the procedure done again every few months. Although this is going to cost, it is better than developing some infection or some other skin condition due to excessive sweating. Who wants to walk around in damp clothing?
Botox Can Be Used To Reduce Migraine Pain
Many patients suffering from a migraine might have read or heard that Botox can help in Migraine treatment. So, you may need not to tell the patient much about this treatment. However, make sure that you are managing the expectations of your patient. Don’t let the patient think that Botox will stop a migraine itself. The Botox treatment will reduce nausea, sensitivity to light and other major symptoms of this condition. Botox treatment simply makes it easy to deal with this condition.
Botox Can Be Used For Treating Bell’s Palsy
Botox treatment offers the following two options to a patient suffering from Bell’s palsy.
The surgeon can administer Botox treatment to the paralyzed side of the face. This will relax the tightened up and painful facial muscles. This will also prevent unwanted facial tics.
The surgeon can administer Botox to the non-paralyzed side of the face. This will give a more balanced look to the face.
Botox Can Be Used To Stop Eye Twitch/Squinting
Eye twitching/squinting is much more than a temporary annoyance. Twitching can be constant and/or rapid. Twitching can also cause permanent muscle spasm. Apart from being annoying, it can be painful as well. Eye twitching can also interfere with the vision of the patient.
Possible side effects of Botox surgery
According to the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, some of the Botox surgery side effects are:
- Pain at the injection site
- A headache
- Facial pain
Side effects like muscle weakness, temporary eyelid droop and respiratory infections are not that common. However, the risk of side effects greatly depends on the health condition of the patient and the expertise of the surgeon. A surgeon who knows everything about the behaviors of different facial muscles can minimize the risk of these side-effects. Apart from that, the patient should be the right candidate for this procedure.
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