Chances are when you hear someone is going to get BOTOX, you assume they’re trying to get rid of wrinkles and frown lines. While that may still certainly be the case, BOTOX is being used for much more these days. Whether it’s BOTOX for migraines or other issues, Denver women and men are discovering some of the surprising uses of this popular neuromodulator.
If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. You’ve probably tried many medications, both over-the-counter and prescription to get relief. While those may offer a temporary fix, some people are turning to BOTOX for longer-lasting relief.
For chronic migraine sufferers, those diagnosed with having headaches on half of all days for at least three months, BOTOX injections have been shown to offer more migraine relief. It isn’t a cure-all, but they can alleviate the pain from not having so many migraines in such a short amount of time.
Patients get between 30 and 40 BOTOX injections in one session in the forehead, temples, back of the head, neck, and shoulders. It’s believed that this stops the release of certain chemicals from nerve cells that can cause the inflammation typically associated with migraines. It is considered a safe procedure that can be done quickly in the office. Over a three-month time period, patients begin to feel results.
Besides relieving chronic migraines, BOTOX is also being used to reduce the size of people’s jaws. People who have a face that they believe is too square looking or who have larger “masseter” muscles on the sides of their faces and jawlines are opting for this procedure.
By injecting BOTOX into various parts of the masseter muscles, it can relax them and shrink the jawline. This slims the face and makes the jaw look less square-like in appearance. The procedure only requires one single injection and is often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” because it is done so quickly. It typically takes anywhere from two to eight weeks to see results. Some results are not permanent and may require repeat visits.
Other Unexpected Uses for BOTOX
Originally, BOTOX was used to help those who suffer from strabismus, also known as crossed eyes. In the decades since, the neurotoxin has been found useful for a wide range of health and cosmetic issues. It can be used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), reduce a gummy smile, improve the appearance of the upper lip with a lip flip, perform a nonsurgical brow lift, and smooth out “orange peel” skin on the chin.
It has also been embraced by the medical community for its ability to ease eyelid spasms, overactive bladder conditions, foot pain, and specific digestive concerns.