The use of aesthetic medicine has changed the way clinicians approach cosmetic procedures and expanded the applications for Botox, one of the most popular tools in their treatment arsenal. While Botox is best known for its ability to erase wrinkling and reduce dermal creasing, it enjoys at least five other popular applications. While these applications are less well-known, they deliver surprising benefits that can not only help patients look younger but also feel better. Let’s take a look at each.
Reduce Excessive Sweating
1n 1984, Gillette launched one of the most successful antiperspirant campaigns of all time with the tagline, Never let them see you sweat. The ads clearly communicated that the ability to remain sweat-free and cool under pressure was practically synonymous with professional success and personal virtue, making those with a tendency to heavily perspire that much more self-conscious about their condition and desperate for a solution. Enter Botox, the clinical “big gun” for effectively stopping Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in its tracks. While the underarms are the most common target for Botox, almost any area prone to sweating can be treated. This includes the palms, soles, scalp, perineal, intergluteal cleft (the area between your butt cheeks), and even the scrotum (also known as “scrotox”).
The FDA has approved Botox as a treatment option for those who suffer from chronic migraines and can reduce the frequency and severity of painful episodes. Botox is injected around nerve endings and are believed to work by blocking the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This treatment is recommended for individuals ages 18 and over.
Tiny amounts of Botox can be injected into active acne lesions to help fight acne by reducing oil production. While Botox should generally be reserved as a last resort for treating acne that fails to respond to other approaches, if used judiciously, it can play a small but meaningful role in a broader treatment regimen.
Get a Lift
Botox can be a minimally invasive alternative to plastic surgery. When strategically injected into the musculature surrounding the eye, it elevates the tail of the eyebrow to produce an eye-opening effect. When injected into the columella — the vertical ridge of tissue between the nose and upper lip — it can subtly elevate the tip of the nose to deliver a non-surgical rhinoplasty result. Botox can also be used to achieve fuller lips, alone or with a combination of fillers, to produce a subtle pouting effect often referred to as the “lip flip.”
Decrease Teeth-Grinding Pain and Discomfort
Injecting Botox into the masseter, one of the most powerful and prominent muscles in the jaw, can help relieve jaw tension. Botox can’t eliminate teeth grinding, clenching, or lockjaw altogether. But by relaxing the muscle responsible for these movements, it can decrease the pain and discomfort associated with such. This Botox application also comes with cosmetic benefits. Over time, as the masseter becomes far less active, its bulk decreases, reducing facial width in this area of the face and resulting in a softer, less masculine jawline.
The benefits of Botox go far beyond simply erasing wrinkles to help patients look and feel better, not only boosting their self-confidence but also improving their quality of life. By delivering effective results without the need for invasive procedures, understanding the wide applications of Botox is a wise investment in any successful medical aesthetics practice. To get botox training or learn more about performing the latest aesthetic procedures, check out the AAAMS aesthetic courses. And to stay ahead of the latest Botox and dermal fillers trends, enroll in the AAAMS Aesthetics Network. We look forward to serving you!