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Top 8 Surprising Ways to Use Botox

We all know that neuromodulators (like Botox and Dysport) are the injectable gold standard for reducing and preventing wrinkles - but, did you know they can also do so much more? Read on to learn about eight ways to use Botox that may surprise you.

1. Reduces excess sweating in the palms, feet, armpits, or even the scalp.

Do you struggle with excess sweating or clamminess in the scalp, palms, or feet? Is overactive armpit sweating giving your deodorant a run for its money? Botox injections can tackle these problems from another angle by blocking the nerve signals that cause sweating, preventing your sweat glands from overproducing.

2. Improves a “gummy” smile.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of a “gummy” smile, Botox injections can be used to improve the gum-to-teeth ratio in your grin. Using strategic micro-injections, the muscle responsible for pulling the upper lip away from the teeth (thus exposing the gums) is relaxed. Don’t worry - you’ll still be able to smile, laugh, and eat!

3. Gives a temporary “preview” of how you could look with lip filler.

If you’ve been considering getting lip filler, but want to have an idea of what the result may look like before taking the plunge, Botox can be used to “preview” the look! Similar to the mechanism used to disguise a gummy smile, in this treatment, Botox is strategically micro-injected just above and/or below the lips. This allows the lips to softly “round out”, creating the illusion of increased fullness and volume. This treatment needs to be repeated every 2-4 months to maintain your result, so if you love your look, you may want to consider graduating to lip filler injections!

4. Tightens the skin of the neck.

Often neglected in our skin care and SPF routines, the skin of the neck frequently gives away our age - or worse, even adds on a decade or two! The good news is that the platysmal bands of the neck can contribute to the appearance of sagging or crepey skin - and a quick injectable session can act as a quick fix. Injecting Botox into these bands helps to soften the overall appearance of the skin in this area by reducing their prominent appearance.

Plus, you can avoid a surgical neck lift for longer by maintaining your results with an effective skin care routine. Try: YovinoMD Beauty Tech Neck Cream!

5. Prevents teeth grinding (bruxism).

Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause dental damage if left unchecked - worn down enamel, cracked or broken teeth, and the appearance of a wider, squared jaw are all common, long-term effects. Injecting Botox into the TMJ (also known as masseters) relaxes the muscles responsible for bruxism, preventing unwanted teeth grinding. This is especially helpful for patients who grind their teeth in their sleep and cannot consciously control these movements.

6 and 7. Improves unwanted eyelid hooding or drooping and raises the arch of the eyebrow.

Due to age, genetics, and/or heritage, you may notice your upper eyelids begin to “droop”, concealing the crease of your eye. Injecting Botox around the eyes has a dual effect: not only can it improve “crows’ feet” wrinkles, but it can also lift the eyebrows by about 3 millimeters! The Botox brow-lift requires a strategic injection pattern, so be sure to let your injector know if you are looking to achieve this effect.

8. Prevent chin dimpling.

As we age, the muscles in the chin area can create a dimpling effect similar to the look of an orange peel. This is the result of these muscles being left unchecked for years - decades of overactivity lead to the appearance of textural abnormalities. Injecting Botox to relax these muscles helps to reduce this effect, leaving the chin looking smooth.


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