Botox, a medicine and a cosmetic procedure, continues to grow in popularity each year. Millions of men and women around the country get Botox each year, but many don’t know the plethora of benefits the procedure can offer. This article explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Botox as well as the unexpected benefits you can receive from it.

What is Botox?

The most common question we receive when talking about Botox is, “What is it?”  Botox is made from botulism type A, a food poisoning agent. However, because the amount received with Botox is small and concentrated in one spot, it doesn’t make the recipient sick. Instead, it blocks nerve impulses in the injection site. This makes the muscles unable to contract, effectively paralyzing the area. This process can even help with sweating as well as offering the benefits on our list.  

Helps Correct Lazy Eyes

Lazy eyes (Strabismus) are simply misaligned eyes. When you look at something, one eye will focus on the object while the other will look slightly…off. Unfortunately, surgery for a lazy eye tends to have a relatively low success rate and can be highly invasive for those who want to return to their daily lives ASAP. However, Botox may be the answer for many.

In 2021, a study was released that found, “success was notably higher with Botox injection compared with surgery: 94% vs. 72%, respectively.” That aligns well with the American Academy of Ophthalmology which has recommended Botox for years, noting that it’s been used to treat lazy eyes since the 1970s.

Reduces Wrinkles

We know this is the main benefit people think of when they wonder about Botox. We talked about the process Botox utilizes above, but it’s important to clarify how that works regarding muscles. Botox paralyzes the muscles, making them unable to contract. Because wrinkles are caused by these contractions, without Botox, more wrinkles will form.

After a patient is injected with Botox, the muscles need time to become fully paralyzed. This process can take anywhere from 24 hours to two weeks to complete and become fully effective, and the results last for months (more on that in a minute).

Reduces Migraines

Do you suffer from chronic migraines? Did you know that Botox is the only FDA approved medication for migraines? People with chronic migraines—those who have 15 or more per month—are able to mitigate their pain with the use of Botox. Although sufferers will need to undergo several treatments for the full effect, most migraine sufferers are reduced to under 7 migraines per month.

Treatments are quite simple. Your doctor will inject Botox into certain points in the face and neck that contain pain fibers that contribute to migraines. These nerve endings become dormant, meaning they do not transmit the pain.

Confidence Booster

Did you know that Botox is now being used to treat acne? The same ingredients that paralyze nerve endings are also able to paralyze the oil production in the face. This means that the amount of oil getting produced by the face will severely decrease. This can feel like the ultimate gift for acne sufferers.

Because of its ability to decrease acne and the appearance of wrinkles, Botox can severely increase someone’s confidence. This means higher self-esteem and a better appreciation of oneself. Rather than feeling like their appearance needs a drastic improvement, those with Botox can love their skin again.

Lasting Results

All in all, the greatest thing about Botox for most people is how long results last. Rather than a quick-fix, Botox is a long-lasting treatment option for many. Migraine sufferers can go up to three months without treatment while those looking for cosmetic longevity may be able to go as long as six months between treatment.

If you are looking to get Botox in Nashville, TN, you’re going to need someone who knows exactly what they’re doing to get the best results. That’s where we come in. TN Oculoplastics is dedicated to providing you with exquisite care and the best results in the state. 

Learn more about how we can help you get ideal results with Botox here.