Myths about Botox…It Isn’t What You Think!

Lots of people have a preconceived notion about botox, what it does, and how it makes someone look. We’ve all seen a show or a movie with the stereotypical middle aged woman where something looks off about her face but we really can’t put our finger on it (well, sometimes we can). This is the general stereotype behind botox which often frightens some or completely turns them off about it. They’re honestly old clichés, granted your face actually can look like that, but only if way too much of the product is used. When conservative amounts are injected, the results can be extremely beneficial and natural looking.

Actress Angela Bassett recently opened up to NewBeauty about her experiences with botox. She along with countless others have opted in for the more natural result by injecting just enough to prevent deep wrinkles and lines from forming but not enough to actually prevent expressions. Bassett says, “I’m a big supporter of being natural, but I’ve done it twice. Just a little bit, not too much—I still need to express myself”.



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What Exactly Does Botox Do?

The job of botox is to prevent you from making the expressions that cause wrinkles as it inactivates the muscle it’s injected into. You can completely inactivate those muscles by using a good amount or you can slightly inactivate the muscles by only getting a small amount injected. What botox is not, is something that fills in wrinkles to lessen the appearance. That’s what filler is for. The two can be used together to customize the type of look you want, but they are completely different.

Botox ideally should be used as a prevention method to stop wrinkles from coming in before they have formed, but if they’ve already made your face its cozy place of residence, botox can stop them from getting deeper (if that’s what you’d like).

The most common areas of the face to place the injections are the forehead and between the brows since we make expressions with them. But did you also know there are various other uses that aren’t as mainstream?


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3 Uses of Botox

1. Reduce Pain

One use of botox is to reduce jaw pain and tension caused by TMJ syndrome. TMJ happens when there’s a disfunction in your jaw joint which can cause locking, clicking, difficulty chewing, etc. A small botox injection in the masseter muscle around the joint and will either ease the pain or eliminate it. Similarly, botox works the same exact way for teeth grinding. With both of these treatments, it’s important to note that your jaw line will look a bit slimmer after the injection which is a slight plus if you’ve always wanted a slimmer face.

2. Reduces Sweating

Have excessive sweating? This is another common use of botox. You can have it injected in your armpits, your palms, your feet, your scalp, etc. Typically this would be an insurance covered treatment for those with hyperhidrosis (a condition marked by excessive sweating), but if you suffer from soaked armpits and found nothing that works, a good dermatologist can help you out with a round of botox injections.

3. Reduces Migraines

Another use that isn’t well known is treating your chronic migraines. It was FDA approved back in 2010 after doctors were providing the botox injections for those with muscle spasms and crossed eyes. The patients began reporting fewer headaches, and after doing some research it was found that botox can drastically lower the amount of headaches you experience.

The other uses of botox include foot pain, an overactive bladder, stomach problems, depression, abnormal heartbeats, facial drooping from Bell’s palsy, the prevention of scarring after surgery, “fixing” a gummy smile, and much more.



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