While Botox® is famous as an effective anti-aging treatment, doctors are discovering it has many other practical uses, as well. In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and eyebrow area, we now know this neuromodulator offers both cosmetic and therapeutic indications for a wide range of issues. In fact, after reading this guide to these surprising uses for Botox®, you may be wondering if there’s anything this cosmetic can’t do.
Hyperhidrosis, the medical term for extreme sweating, can be both a frustrating and embarrassing condition. Sweat not only leaves noticeable stains on clothes but can also make you feel acutely self-conscious during social or professional interactions.
In the U.S., Botox® has been FDA-approved since 2004 for treating excessive sweat. When injected shallowly under the skin, botulinum toxin blocks the chemical messenger that sends your body the cue to begin sweating, effectively “switching off” the sweat. And it’s not just your armpits that can benefit – if your scalp, face, palms, or the soles of your feet get especially sweaty, you could also be an excellent candidate.
Even better news: Your medical insurance may even cover Botox® treatments for hyperhidrosis if typical over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirants have failed to improve your excessive sweating.
Reduced Pore Size
Are enlarged pores standing between you and flawless skin? Botox® could be your new best friend. If you have oily skin, you may have noticed your pores appear larger when they become clogged with unwanted oil and dirt. Now, doctors are finding success in helping patients get a picture-perfect matte complexion by injecting small, superficial quantities of Botox®, which reduces sebum production and makes pore size appear smaller.
Since heredity largely determines your facial shape and structure, it can be challenging to achieve a slimmer and more contoured face through diet and exercise alone. Facial shaping with Botox® is becoming increasingly popular among patients seeking a minimally invasive solution. However, unlike other facial slimming procedures, it does not affect the underlying fat, but rather the muscles along the jawline.
When injected into the masseter muscles in a circular pattern, Botox® softens the look of a square or heavy jawline over time. You can choose this treatment as a standalone solution, or in conjunction with cosmetic fillers in the cheekbone area for an even more contoured appearance.
Reduce the Appearance of Dimpled Skin on the Chin (Peau d’Orange)
If you’ve ever noticed dimpled skin on your chin, this is due to the mentalis muscle. This muscle helps move your lower lip and other parts of your face in this area. The tiny muscle contractions can sometimes cause the chin to have a dimpled appearance. For some people, this only occurs while speaking or moving the mouth, but for others it is present even when the lips are closed. With strategic injections into the mentalis muscle, Botox® relaxes the contractions for a smoother appearance.
If you look constantly tired due to drooping eyelids, Botox® can help create a more open and alert appearance. Repeated downward pulling of the muscles around your eyes can cause your eyelids to droop over time, but Botox® injections can relax these muscles and rejuvenate your entire eye and eyebrow area with consistently outstanding results.
Pouty, plump lips are everywhere you look these days. To meet the demand, skilled cosmetic injectors are constantly coming up with creative ways to achieve the most desirable appearance. Unlike cosmetic fillers, which add volume to make lips larger, Botox® works slightly differently – by relaxing the muscles around the mouth, it “flips” the lip outward, creating the appearance of plumper lips without the added volume fillers bring.
Years of smiling, talking, and pursing your lips eventually cause perioral wrinkles to develop around your mouth. What can you do? Botox® is an effective treatment for perioral smile lines because it relaxes the muscles above your mouth, so the skin won’t crinkle up when you smile.
What Can Botox® Do for You?
If you’re ready to explore minimally invasive, painless anti-aging and beneficial skin treatments with Botox®, contact our Manhattan clinic today. Leading New York plastic surgeon Dr. Yogita Kashyap is ready to address your concerns with personalized treatments.