Well known for their ability to stop aging in its tracks, Botox and Dysport are the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. But did you know that Botox can also tighten your pores, provide relief from teeth grinding and TMJ, and ease symptoms of depression?
Keep reading and find out 9 uses for Botox (and Dysport) that you might not have heard of:
Teeth Grinding and TMJ
The joint that connects the jawbone to the skull on each side of your head is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ allows you to talk and chew, but if you grind you teeth, this joint can become overworked and displaced, which can lead to severe headaches and jaw pain.
Botox can relieve TMJ pain by weakening the masseter and temporalis muscles, making you unable to grind your teeth.
Reshape the Jawline
Injecting Botox into the jaw muscles makes them look smaller and gives the jawline a more rounded and less square appearance.
Eyelid Twitches and Uncontrolled Blinking
Botox was first created to treat eye spasms by relaxing the muscles around the eyes (it’s wrinkle-relaxing abilities were discovered as side effect of this treatment).
Blinking is a reflex that protects your eyes from damage, but this reflex can become so excessive that it can be difficult to keep your eyes open, limiting vision (blepharospasm). Botox is used to treat uncontrolled eyelid blinking and twitching by relaxing the eyelid muscles.
For headaches that can be described as imploding (squeezing, crushing, or vise-like), Botox is a very effective treatment. Botox is performed not only on the side of the headache pain, but on the opposite side as well because research has shown that injecting only on the side of the headache will cause the headache to migrate to the opposite side.
Facial tics and twitches are the result of muscles spasms from overactive muscles in the face. Botox can treat facial twitching by temporarily paralyzing the overactive facial muscles that are causing spasms.
Botox is the most effective treatment for asymmetric facial movement due to partial facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy). Botox is used to weaken the muscles on the good side of the face for greater symmetry.
When injected superficially into the outermost layer of the skin, Botox can relax the tiny muscles around the pores and hair follicles, called the arrector pili muscles (these are same muscles that create goose bumps). Relaxing the arrector pili muscles pulls the skin taut, making your pores look smaller.
Acne and Facial Sweating
When Botox is injected superficially to relax the arrector pili muscles, the pores also secrete less oil and sweat, which helps to prevent acne. AquaGold is the best device for injecting Botox superficially into the skin, and it’s our new favorite skin treatment.
When you frown, you send signals to your brain that you are unhappy. Botox is a promising new treatment for depression because it weakens the frown muscles, causing you to frown less and trick you brain into feeling happier. You can read more about how Botox can alleviate symptoms of depression here.
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