Top Things we don’t know About Botox

May 17, 2013




When we hear the word Botox, it is automatically equated to “wrinkle remover”. Botox is probably the most popular cosmetic procedure to treat or remove wrinkles and fine lines. But the use of Botox goes beyond just removing the fine lines and making a person look younger. Here are some of the surprising things we don’t know about Botox.

1      Treatment for “Gummy Smile”

“Gummy smile” is a description used to characterize a smile that shows too much of the gums. This type of smile is caused by an excessive lip elevation; the upper lip rises far above the teeth causing more of the gums rather than the teeth. Injecting Botox to the upper lip area weakens the retractor muscles of the lips; this makes it harder for the muscles raise the lips giving a smile that is even and well balanced.

The procedure can be done in just about 5 minutes and it costs around $200 to $300, it is important to take note that the FDS has yet to approve this procedure.

2      Botox for Migraine Headaches

Unlike the “Gummy smile” treatment, the use of Botox for treating migraine headaches is approved by the FDA. Before migraine headaches are almost impossible to treat especially for some patients who have been suffering from the unwelcome condition chronically. Migraine headaches are accompanied by other unwanted symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and certain smells.

How Botox works for migraine headaches still remain unclear but it is hypothesized that Botox prevents the transmission of signals from reaching the nerves. The overall cost of the injections is at $1000 to $2000, which makes the procedure expensive. But now that it is approved by the FDA, insurance companies are more likely to cover it.

3      Severe Sweating

Most people probably don’t know about this but Botox have been used to manage excessive perspiration for over 7 years now. The condition is called hyperhidrosis, a condition where there is excessive sweating in the underarms, hands and feet. Botox injections are used to manage this condition as the botulinum toxin can block the release of the chemicals that overly stimulates the sweat glands.

The technique is simple; Botox is injected using an ultra-fine needle to the affected area. Take not that this procedure only manages the condition for seven months. It does not cure the condition directly. The cost of the procedure is around $1000 to $2000.

4      Hair Loss Treatment

Though not FDA approved, some clinics and doctors use Botox as a treatment for hair loss. The treatment began as an accidental discovery.  A physician noticed that areas in the scalp where Botox was injected grew hair. Since then the physician used Botox together with other hair growth vitamins to manage hair loss.

This article on Botox is written by Leslie James for Botox Clinic Liverpool. Leslie is author of numerous articles on skin care and health. She offers useful tips and advices on skin care and cosmetic procedures such as Botox.

Top Things we don’t know About Botox

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