Who Benefits From Botox?
Injectable treatments are effective and carry a wealth of health benefits specific to your needs to help you look and feel your best. One such treatment that’s become a household name over the years is Botox, a popular, non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedure to treat a variety of anti-aging issues and concerns.
Botox can lay claim to being the closest thing dermatological science has to finding the fountain of youth. Just one of the varied benefits of Botox is that it carries some other health advantages for patients looking to treat other conditions, like headaches or excessive sweat.
If you’re interested in an injectable treatment but unsure how to pinpoint your individual concerns, read on to see how Botox can benefit you.
What is Botox, exactly?
Botulinum toxin may not be the most familiar household term that comes to mind, but it’s the scientific name of the neurotoxic protein from which Botox is created. For medical use, small doses of the protein have been proven to alleviate muscle spasms and other associated issues, when injected.
As a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections work by the same principle, temporarily relaxing facial muscles where wrinkles in the facial region may develop over time.
Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 for therapeutic use, and later in 2002 as a temporary cosmetic treatment. A $6.27 billion global industry in 2022, Botox’s international market value is expected to grow to $8.59 billion by the end of the decade, statistics show.
Botox can be likened to the Kleenex of neurotoxins, since it’s the most mainstream and well known of cosmetic injectables. But Dysport and Xeomin — competitors to Botox — also have a loyal following and can be used in rotation for patients.
Who can benefit most from Botox treatments?
Botox benefits range from cosmetic to medical. That it’s a customizable, not-one-size-fits-all treatment owes a lot to its popularity. According to the University of California, more than an estimated 11 million people worldwide have used Botox for a host of reasons:
Botox reduces prominent signs of aging.
Botox is injected directly into the facial muscles that, from constant scrunching of the face or furrowing of the brow, cause the skin to develop wrinkles over time. Some common target areas include:
- Softening horizontal expression lines and vertical “11” lines on the forehead
- Lifting the brow area
- Addressing lines around and beneath the eyes, primarily from years of squinting (aka crow’s feet)
- Diminishing laugh/scowl lines around the mouth and neck bands
- Alleviating sagging corners of the mouth
- Improve chin dimpling
Botox also prevents future aging.
Patients who use Botox to relax targeted facial muscles see an improvement in their natural beauty, since injections relax the muscles to halt new wrinkles and lines from forming in new areas. In conjunction with additional follow-up procedures (such as fillers), and the right skin care regimen, it’s one of the more proactive ways to care for your skin.
But Botox is also a skin strengthener. A 2015 study found that regular Botox treatments can increase our production of collagen, which helps improve skin elasticity, in patients’ target injection sites.
Botox can address other health concerns.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Botox injections are also used to treat other conditions that affect bodily functions, primarily due to its effectiveness in muscle relaxation. Some examples:
- Cervical dystonia — painful neck muscle contractions involuntarily causing one’s head to twist or turn into uncomfortable positions
- Lazy eye — caused by an imbalance in muscles responsible for positioning our eyes
- Muscle contractures — Botox can be used to relax contracted muscles in neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy
- Hyperhidrosis — excessive sweating regardless of temperature or physical exertion
- Chronic migraines — frequent headaches more than 15 days a month
- Bladder dysfunction — urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder
- Eye twitching — contracture or twitching of muscles around the eye
Botox produces immediate, lasting results.
Is Botox safe? Yes — Botox treatments are quick, fast acting and results are tangibly visible. Treatment usually takes just a few minutes, and patients can expect to start seeing results within three to four days, with full results evident in 10 days’ time. There’s no recovery time necessary that may interfere with your daily routine.
Botox is relied upon for its long-lasting results. You can expect smoothing of facial lines and wrinkles to last for about three months before your muscles in those target injection areas begin to return to normal.
Learn More About Botox with Vi Beauty Lab
Vi Beauty Lab specializes in a host of services including Botox treatment, fillers, facials, brow treatments and other injectables, for both men and women. Concerned about wrinkles and lines, and want to see what Botox treatments can do? Read our Botox pre- and post-care instructions to learn a bit more, then schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.