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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Botox?” If you’re like most Canadians, you probably associate that word with “wrinkles” because, well, Botox is used when removing wrinkles. But there are so many other benefits connected to Botox, and you might not be familiar with all of these.
First, let’s just state that Botox and other facial fillers work by relaxing muscle movements in certain areas which lead to wrinkles; Botox injections don’t target areas of the skin that crease when you move (for example, the creases that result from smiling or frowning), but rather, these injections target areas where wrinkles never existed before (like on your forehead or around your eyes). Women tend to receive Botox treatments more often than men, and treatment is usually focused around the face, because women actually have thinner facial skin than men do — meaning that wrinkles are more likely to appear, and tend to appear earlier. The average Botox patient is between the ages of 40 and 59, but it isn’t unusual for younger patients to receive Botox treatments, too. And part of the reason why Botox attracts younger patients is because this treatment isn’t just for preventing and eliminating wrinkles.
Many patients have reported fewer migraines after receiving facial Botox injections. Similarly, when injected into the shoulders, neck, and/or back areas, Botox relieves muscle tension too. Because it is so effective as a muscle relaxer, Botox has often been used to ameliorate arthritis pain as well. And if you’re suffering from hypotrichosis (excessive sweating), Botox has been proven to reduce sweating by inhibiting the chemical acetycholine, which stimulates the sweat glands.
So if you’re still associating Botox with wrinkles, but you suffer from any of these physical pains, it may be time to start doing some research and talking to your doctor about the types of Botox pain treatments that are available — and safe — for you. Botox cosmetics treatments actually increased by 8% between 2012 and 2013, as more research became available showing how effective these treatments are. You have every right to feel comfortable in your body — and Botox might just help you with that.