Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist


Is Botox Worth It? 7 Amazing Benefits of Getting Botox

Published October 28th, 2019 by Thepracticeagency

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look a little younger, and if you are asking the question "Is Botox worth it?", you are not alone. 

Since it's approval in 2002, Botox was the most popular procedure out of over 15.9 minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2018. In fact, Americans spent a whopping $16.5 Billion on cosmetic surgery in 2018. 

While Botox is primarily known for being an anti-aging miracle, it has come a long way since then. Of course, it is the best choice for reducing wrinkles without having to deal with an invasive and painful facelift.

However, there are actually many other clinical benefits that Botox can help you with, such as sweat reduction, migraine relief, a cure for cross-eyes, relief from muscle spasms, and more. 

Keep on reading to learn more about Botox and find the answer to your question, "Is Botox worth it?"

1. Reduction of Migraines

Did you know that over 28 million people suffer from chronic migraines? It can become so debilitating that it causes nausea, blurred vision, and sensitivity to the environment. 

Thankfully, receiving a Botox treatment once every three months is now known to reduce or completely eliminate migraines. Injections into the temples, bridge of the nose, forehead, upper back, neck, and back of the neck are the most common for migraine relief. 

2. Fewer Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are an uncomfortable condition, and most commonly happen as upper limb spasticity, cervical dystonia, or spasms of the eyelid. This is caused by a range of different conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, strokes, Cerebral Palsy, or stress.

By injecting Botox into the triggering point of the muscle, it can reduce involuntary spasms and provide a lot of relief. 

3. Overactive Bladder

Unfortunately, about 25% to 45% of women suffer from some degree of urinary incontinence. This can make it extremely uncomfortable to workout, wear certain clothing, or even laugh.

This comes from a variety of causes, such as childbirth, pregnancy, and even menopause. 

Ultimately, this will negatively affect their level of self-confidence and living a less enjoyable life. 

Thankfully, doctors have discovered a way to inject Botox into the overactive bladder, relaxing the involuntary muscles and helping to desensitize the overactive bladder, retraining it to control the urinary output.  

4. Excessive Underarm Sweating

Excessive underarm sweating, or Hyperhidrosis, is an embarrassing disorder with no known cause or cure. It can affect someone's quality of life, limiting the clothes they can wear and their social life. 

By injecting Botox into the muscles responsible for releasing sweat to the surface of the skin, temporarily block the chemicals that stimulate sweat glands.

Finally, those with Hyperhidrosis can finally relax and enjoy their lives without the fear of sweat-stained clothing.

5. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles

One of the most common known treatments for Botox is its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. As we approach the age of 30, our bodies stop producing as much collagen which causes our skin to lose about 1% of its thickness every year. This causes wrinkles and deep fine lines over time, and for some, it can be as early as in their 20's.

Botox contains a naturally occurring bacterium called Clostridium botulinum toxin type A, that when injected into the muscles, causes temporary paralysis. This helps reduce wrinkles by making the muscle under the wrinkle relax and unable to move. Eventually, this forced-relaxing will help the wrinkles to soften and disappear. 

The more Botox someone uses when they are younger, the less they will need to use as they get older. If used over time, it will help to prevent deeper wrinkles from forming.

If someone starts with Botox in their 50's, they are less likely to reduce the deep creases that have already formed. By this time, fillers or facelift procedures may be the only remedy.

Ultimately, the longer you use Botox, the better it will be as you age. 

6. Vaginal Spasms

Vaginal Spasms, otherwise known as Vaginismus, is a painful condition that causes severe cramping of the vaginal walls. This can make something so sacred such as sex a very painful and unenjoyable experience. 

During intercourse, the vaginal walls start to spasm, preventing intercourse entry and causing extreme pain. This can prevent their ability to have children, and completely affecting their relationships, and quality of life. 

With Botox injections into the vaginal muscle tissue every two to six months, it will relax the overactive muscles. This will lead to relief from pain, and improve the patient's life. 

7. Crossed Eyes

Crossed eyes, or medically known as Strabismus, is a debilitating condition that prevents both eyes from looking at the same place at the same time. This is caused by unbalanced muscles that are pulling in opposite directions. 

Eventually, Strabismus can lead to blurry vision, double vision, eye soreness, inability to focus, and lack of depth perception. This could prevent someone from being able to work, drive, or exercise, as well as affecting their confidence levels.

Doctors have discovered a way to reduce Strabismus by injecting Botox directly into the eye muscle. This can completely realign the eyes and reduces the Strabismus by up to 100%!

This can be a painful procedure, which is why there is numbing eyedrops added to the eyes before it begins. Treating Strabismus was actually the original purpose of Botox, before the realization of how many other conditions it can treat.

Is Botox Worth It? Now you Know

Since its discovery in the 1970s, Botox has come a long way. Who knew that this neurotoxin would be so beneficial when administered the right way? 

Now it is being used to treat a variety of muscular conditions and reduce the signs of aging, in other words, could Botox be the fountain of youth?

So, is Botox worth it? Our patients sure think so

If you would like to learn more about what Botox can do for you, feel free to contact us at any time to set up a consultation.

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