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 experience stating that “Botox is no surprise! 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”.
Angela Bassett via Celeb Mafia
Now, let’s get into what botox actually does. Botox essentially prevents you from making the expressions that cause wrinkles as it inactivates the muscle it’s injected into. Although the most common areas of the face to place it are the forehead and between the brows, there are various other uses that aren’t as mainstream. I’ll share a few of them with you below!
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1. 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. 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. 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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