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3 Unexpected Issues Botox Can Treat

Mature woman, wrinkles and beauty
When it comes to preserving your youth, it's generally accepted that the first place to work on is your face. If you're considering getting plastic surgery done, it's more than likely that your first thought will be Botox, injections of botulinum toxin A, usually in the facial region to erase fine lines and wrinkles and help you achieve a younger appearance.

But did you know that Botox can do more for you than simply working as a wrinkle eraser? If you're wondering what else Botox can do for you, then here's what you need to know.

1. Headaches and Migraines

Botox basically works by weakening the muscles for up to three or four months, preventing them from clenching and causing fine lines and wrinkles. But did you know that Botox can actually help with migraines? 

Botox is an approved treatment for chronic migraines, involving a series of a few dozen injections all over your face and neck in order to freeze that head pain in its tracks. While not all health insurances will accept it, some insurance companies will agree to cover the costs of Botox for treating your chronic migraines.

Botox actually blocks the nerve endings responsible for transmitting pain to your brain so that you won't actually feel the migraine going on in your head. Treatment doesn't take too long - generally, less than an hour - and is only recommended for chronic migraine sufferers ages 18 and older.

The side effects of Botox are generally limited to a few bruises and a tired neck, but the ability to be able to function without killer migraines interrupting you every day is more than worth a few bruises here or there.

2. Jaw Tension

Do you find yourself waking up with a stiff or popping jaw with tension radiating up all the way from your chin to the crown of your head? You probably clench and grind your teeth during the night, a condition known as bruxism.

Traditionally, the treatment for bruxism involves wearing a mouth guard at night. However, there are other solutions, including Botox being injected into the muscles around your jaw, preventing them from being able to clench down in the first place.

Not only will the Botox help you to stop clenching your jaw, but it can also help you to get rid of the pain and aches that come along with bruxism. While the treatment does need to be done three or four times a year, it's a great alternative to wearing down your jaw and teeth while you sleep.

As an added bonus, Botox can also help shrink down the muscles on the side of your jaw that swell up over time, effectively returning your jawline to a narrower, sharper version of itself.

3. Low Self-Esteem

It's important to note that money can't buy self-esteem - at the end of the day, the decision to be okay with yourself has to come from you. However, there are ways to help reverse negative ways of thinking.

Studies have found that when Botox is used to remove crow's feet, laughter lines, and other facial oddities from your skin, it can actually boost your self-esteem and quality of life. Not only can looking your best make you feel more confident, but receiving compliments on your appearance can also make you feel better. And since Botox can prevent you from settling into a neutral frowning face, you'll look much more full of life and cheerful to boot.

If you're suffering from migraines or jaw tension or you just want to feel more confident in your appearance, contact The Dermatology Center of Newton-Rockdale, P.C. to learn about our available treatments.