For years, Botox has been used by men and women alike to achieve a more youthful look. Botox injections are fast, minimally invasive and nonsurgical. This may help to explain the massive popularity of the treatment. Botox is also relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to other cosmetic procedures.
HOW IT WORKS
Botox injections work by blocking the nerves that contract muscles in the face. This helps to soften wrinkles, and can even help to prevent new wrinkles from forming. This function is more than likely to blame for the common myth that using Botox will freeze your face. While it is true that the injections lessen muscle movement, they certainly do not prevent facial expressions.
Although best known as a wrinkle treatment, Botox has been found helpful in many applications. Botox injections are an effective treatment for many suffering with Hyperhidrosis; a condition that causes excessive perspiration. In some cases, Botox has replaced conventional treatments for the condition.
Botox has also been found to be extremely effective at relieving pain associated with migraines. Use of Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines was approved by the FDA in 2010. Botox treats migraines in much the same way as it treats wrinkles: by blocking transmissions to the nerves to muscles.
One of the best aspects of Botox is that the treatments are temporary. Cosmetic procedures are, by and large, permanent. The effects of Botox treatments, however, will fade given time. This makes Botox treatments ideal for those looking to alter their appearance without irrevocably changing it.
In addition to being temporary, the possible side effects are relatively minor. This is especially true when compared to the side effects of other anti-aging treatments. The main side effects of Botox are swelling and bruising around the injection site, and even these are rare when treatments are administered by a reputable professional.