Benefits of Botox for Wrinkles and Mirgraines

Benefits of Botox for Wrinkles and Mirgraines

Botox is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum and has traditionally been very effective as a treatment for wrinkles. When injected, it minimizes the look of crow’s feet and other superficial wrinkles by paralyzing the face at the injection site; the effect will typically last several months at a time with virtually no side effects. In addition to the most commonly recognized use of Botox, it has been shown to be highly effective in treating migraines in adults and was officially approved by the FDA in 2010 as an alternative to pain medication.

Benefits of Botox

Botox has the most effect on “dynamic” wrinkles or those that only show up when you move your face as in a smile or frown. Botox will not change wrinkles that have set, which are the ones that show up even when we are not actively expressing something. The reason for this is that Botox works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, so if you can’t move the muscle that causes the wrinkle, then the wrinkle can’t form in the first place.

As a migraine treatment, Botox is believed to work by blocking the sensory nerves that project pain signals to the brain. Interestingly enough, the injections also seem to relax muscles, which makes them less sensitive to the pain. When properly administered by a medical professional, the migraine relief typically lasts about three months.

Side Effects of Botox

The most common side effects are minimal when compared to more drastic measures like cosmetic surgery, to remove wrinkles or most pain medications prescribed for migraines. Patients could experience headaches, pain at the site of the injection, some bruising, and in less than 1% of cosmetic cases, drooping eyelids or eyebrows have been reported. The droopiness does fade with the effects of the Botox, and people noted that their eyelids or eyebrows did return to their normal position within a few months, it is not a permanent condition.

Taking any medication that thins the blood, even over the counter pain pills like aspirin or ibuprofen, increase the bleeding which causes bruising. Check with your doctor and let them know if you are on medications or supplements because some like fish oil, ginkgo, or vitamin E can also thin the blood. Typically you will need to refrain from taking any kind of blood thiner for at least two weeks before the treatment to ensure they are completely out of your system.

The bottom line is that Botox is a safe and effective way to treat both superficial wrinkles and even migraines for several months at a time. But Botox is a drug, not a cosmetic, and as such should only be administered by a doctor who is board certified in dermatology or plastic surgery. At Independence Park Medical Services, we now have two board certified dermatologists on staff, and we would be happy to connect with you to see if Botox will be helpful for you.

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