Most of us only think of Botox as a cosmetic treatment designed to get rid of frown lines and wrinkles. But what many people don’t know is that Botox is actually an effective treatment that can be used to treat a multitude of other medical applications. To learn more about Botox and all its uses, here are 10 things you likely didn’t know.

Millions of People Use It Every Year

Botox is not only the most popular cosmetic treatment in America, it’s also used by millions of people around the globe every year. In fact, Botox is approved for medical use in Canada as well as in over 75 other countries.

Injections Often Take Less Than 15 Minutes

Botox is an incredibly fast treatment option. Getting Botox only takes a few minutes and most patients are in and out of the clinic in less than 15 minutes. The results are also instantaneous – as soon as the injection is inserted, it instantly goes to work, although results can often take three to seven days to take full effect. 

Dentists Also Use Botox

Botox has primarily been used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also been used for a variety of other issues. Canadian dentists use Botox to treat certain oral conditions such as teeth grinding and jaw pain. It can also be used in orthodontic therapy after patients’ braces have been removed to restrain muscle movement and keep teeth from relapsing. 

It Can Be Used to Treat Sweating

Are you tired of throwing out all of your shirts because of excessive sweating? Botox can help with that too. By injecting Botox into the overactive sweat glands, it can temporarily reduce sweating in areas like the armpits, feet, hands, and scalp for up to eight months.

Botox Can Significantly Decrease Pain

Do you suffer from muscle spasms or tight muscles? Botox can also be used to treat pain in the head, neck, and back. When injected in the area, it can block the signals that cause muscle contractions which in turn, relaxes the muscles and greatly reduces spasms. If you commonly experience migraine headaches, Botox can also be injected to prevent the pain signals from reaching the nerve endings.

Can Treat an Overactive Bladder

Botox has also been approved to treat adults who suffer from overactive bladders. By paralyzing the bladder muscle, it can decrease the muscular contractions and eliminate bladder spasms that cause urinary incontinence. The effectiveness also works better in the bladder, and patients can expect to receive six to eight months of relief with just one injection.

Too Much Can Be Fatal

Botox is made up of the same toxin that causes botulism – a form of life-threatening food poisoning. So, if it’s issued in high doses, it can actually be fatal. However, when properly administered by a professional, Botox has few health risks and side effects. That’s why it’s crucial that patients only seek treatment from a licensed professional who works at a regulated clinic.   

You Won’t Look Stiff

When administered by a trained professional who knows exactly where to place each injection, your results won’t interfere with your facial expressions. Your skin will appear and feel natural without any facial stiffness. 

It Treats Muscles Not Your Skin

Botox treats your muscles, not your skin. So, if you’re attempting to treat wrinkles that are caused by sun damage, it may not produce the exact results you are looking for. Botox works best on wrinkles that are caused by muscles beneath the surface. The injections help to relax these muscles and any built-up tension that results in wrinkles. 

Botox Can Prevent Future Wrinkles

When used proactively before fine lines and wrinkles are evident, Botox can prevent the formulation of future wrinkles and stop them from ever surfacing.  The trick is to have the injections before the skin begins to lose volume and thin out during your thirties and forties. If patients seek out treatment when their skin has sufficient volume and thickness, and before the creases have the opportunity to imprint, they can greatly reduce their chances of getting wrinkles in the first place.

Botox has a long history of success with more than 20 years of effective use. It’s safe, approved, and one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. If you’re looking to try Botox for the first time or are interested in having the treatment done by a trained specialist, contact us at Ottawa Skin Clinic. We offer Botox treatments to help visibly smooth frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines to enhance your look naturally. Contact us today to book your free consultation.