If for some reason you’re not one of the 6.7 million people in the U.S. who had a Botox procedure in 2014, you probably have your reasons.
I’ve never used Botox because:
- I’m not ready for, or interested in, smoothing wrinkles and lines on my face.
- I’m not sure about this idea of injecting a neurotoxin into my angry forehead, even if the practice has been making people happy, with FDA approval, since 2003.
- I’ve never even heard of Botox, or its sister injectable wrinkle fighters, Dysport and Xeomin.
Even if it actually is new to you, Botox is one of the best-known products and popular procedures in the country. And even if you’re not interested in the wrinkle reducing powers of Botox, you may be interested to know about all the other amazing things it can do.
Today’s Botox has come a long way from just helping improve our appearance, and is now being used to help treat medical conditions that can be difficult to manage, such as:
- Helping reduce the debilitating pain of migraine headaches
- Helping people with bladder control and over active bladder conditions
- Helping relieve the pain and stiffness in our thumbs and fingers, often caused by texting and spending so much time on our computers
And the new uses for Botox are growing, meaning that some day, you may find a use for it, too! Here are some additional ways Botox is solving problems:
For acne improvement – injected into pores to paralyze oil-producing glands, it can reduce the appearance of acne up to 75 percent.
For smile improvement — injected around the upper lip or the band above the chin, if can improve your gum line by keeping the top lip from lifting as high and wide when you smile.
For skin improvement — the product has been found to increase skin elasticity, causing it to appear more like younger skin. It also seems to encourage the body’s production of elastin and collagen.