Botox is an extremely popular treatment option in cosmetic medicine because it’s a convenient, effective, and minimally-invasive procedure that can be used for rejuvenating and anti-aging purposes. Smoothing wrinkles isn’t all Botox works well for, however. This safe and powerful treatment can be used for many other treatments of the face and body. Botox injections can treat both cosmetic and medical issues, improving patients’ quality of life in many ways. The doctors at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami are expert providers of Botox injections, and perform this procedure regularly.
What are Botox Injections?
The Botox formula is based on a safe form of botulinum toxin. The ‘toxin’ is actually a neurotoxin capable of freezing muscles in place, ensuring that they are able to retain their desired shape. Botox injections are therefore a great way to counteract the inevitable effects of aging. As we grow older, we begin to lose collagen in our skin, and repetitive movements create lines and wrinkles. Botox effectively treats this issue and helps to keep the face looking youthful.
Medically, Botox was initially created to control eye spasms, a treatment that is still used today. There are additional uses for Botox that are considered “off-label,” meaning that the treatment may not have been initially intended for certain uses, but it remains safe and effective nonetheless. Because of its long-lasting ability to act on muscle, Botox can alleviate a number of medical conditions, many of which have been medically studied and accepted by the FDA.
Cosmetic Botox Injections
Botox is effective for cosmetic purposes because it quickly smooths out dynamic lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements. Botox temporarily prevents the nerves from communicating with facial muscles, and in turn they do not make movements that cause facial creases. A single in-office session can treat various regions of the face to improve or diminish wrinkling. Botox is commonly administered to the horizontal lines that form on the forehead, as well as the vertical lines between the brows that form a permanent scowl. The crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes can also be improved with Botox injections.
In addition to treating wrinkles, Botox can also adjust a person’s smile if they feel it is too “gummy,” where much of the pink gum tissue shows when a person smiles. The lower face is also approved for cosmetic injections, which can eliminate dimples of the cheeks or chin as well as vertical bands of the neck. When used conservatively, Botox provides natural results that allow people to express normal emotions.
Some patients are unaware that Botox will not add volume to areas of the face. While the product cannot plump the lips, soft tissue facial fillers are often performed alongside Botox injections. When Botox is used sparingly on maturing areas, a minimal amount of filler can be strategically injected below the skin to provide realistic benefits from both procedures. The doctors at PSI Miami can determine whether or not patients can undergo both sets of injections during a single appointment.
What are the Medical and Health Benefits of Botox?
Botox is a valuable drug for more than aesthetic improvements, and it is an affordable treatment for many different conditions. Botox treatments can help with the following:
- Muscle Stiffness
- Muscle Spasms
- Loss of Bladder Control
- Overactive Bladder
- Chronic Pain
Medically known as hyperhidrosis, profuse sweating is an embarrassing condition that can cause a person to feel uncomfortable in a variety of social situations. The palms may be too sweaty for a handshake, or a person’s clothing may become drenched in temperatures that seem comfortable to others. Women with the condition may be unable to wear high-heeled shoes due to the risk of slipping in their shoes. Botox injections effectively control the output of sweat in susceptible areas, and can create better day-to-day comfort for those who suffer from excess sweating.
Bladder problems are not only embarrassing, but they can impact patients’ entire way of life. They may have to wear adult disposable undergarments and loose-fitting bottoms to accommodate the extra bulk. Many adults with this issue have to carry around hygiene products, and are not always able to access a restroom directly after an accident. This can lead to discomfort, skin irritation, and self-consciousness due to the smell or urine. The condition can be caused by an overactive bladder occurs due to muscles that contract too frequently. In these cases, Botox injections can improve patient’s lives dramatically by acting on the muscle directly for long periods of time.
Many people suffer from migraines and with just a few treatments every few months, they can sometimes be alleviated. Because of the media stigma surrounding Botox, many are hesitant to try this treatment, but the results can be life-changing for the right patients. Botox injections prevent migraine headaches from forming by preventing muscle movement that can cause pain and sensitivity.
This condition is widely regarded as a treatment for Bell’s Palsy as a Botox injection will actually freeze the facial muscles responsible for the irregularity in one’s features. Bell’s Palsy occurs when facial nerves are damaged on one side of the face, which is thought to be the result of a virus. This causes the affected side’s eye, cheek, and lip to droop. Botox treatment is common for both muscle spasms and MS, putting a stop to twitching, jerking, and spasms, even in delicate areas of the face like the eyes.
When the eyes do not move uniformly and appear to be looking in different directions, Botox injections can often correct this issue. When this issue persists, it evolves into a lazy eye and may be more difficult to address. Crossed eyes not only detract from a person’s looks, but they can also impact one’s vision.
Chronic pain can cause and result in a number of different conditions. This includes degenerative diseases, injuries, spasms, and other issues that do subside over time. Botox is commonly used to treat chronic pain so that the patient will be able to return to living a normal life. It can also prevent patients from the dangerous side effects of certain pain medications, including addiction.
The FDA has approved all of the above uses for Botox, proving that the treatments are both safe and effective for controlling adverse muscle movements.
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We are Botox Experts – The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, FL
Botox injection doctors in Miami, specifically our experts at PSI Miami, are not only highly trained, they are board-certified and capable of carrying out these procedures whether they are intended for aesthetic improvement or medically to reclaim your quality of life. More importantly, we have earned several outstanding reviews and testimonials, and those interested in the treatment can view before and after photos of our work. The options are nearly endless when it comes to symptom relief, so if you feel that you’re suffering from an issue that could be treated easily with Botox, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re ready to take you on as a patient to give you a far better quality of life because you deserve it!
Patient representatives for Dr. Jason I. Altman and Dr. Marcelo Ghersi can be reached through the phone number 305.446.7700 to schedule you for a consultation.