When you hear the word “Botox,” you might assume it’s just for people obsessed with looking young forever. Despite common beliefs, there are many positives to Botox that go beyond purely cosmetic applications.

Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for non-cosmetic procedures, the first thing you should know about Botox is that it is a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This allows Botox to contract muscles and softens the appearance of wrinkles. While it is most popularly known for its wrinkle-decreasing magic, there are actually many additional benefits from Botox that impact a healthy and more painless lifestyle.

1. Prevents Your Brow from Drooping

While this may seem similar to reducing wrinkles, using Botox to treat a drooping brow can fix a hereditary trait the patient can’t do anything about on their own. A drooping brow can make an individual look tired or serious when, in fact, they feel quite the opposite! Injecting Botox in order to firm the browline not only changes how the patient is seen by the world but makes them feel much more confident.

2. Helps Stop Excessive Sweating

Noone likes embarrassing, unpredicted sweat. For those who perspire even in the coolest of temperatures or without any rigorous movement, you have what is also known as hyperhidrosis, which can be subsided by injecting Botox into the sweat glands. The synapses sent by the brain to the muscles that are sweating get blocked by the toxin, which ends up acting as a shield. This goes for any localized region where sweat can occur, from the face and armpits to feet and hands. However, to maintain its effectiveness, it will need to readministered every few months.

3. Stops Annoying Eye Twitches and Prevents Squinting

Annoying, rapid eye twitches are no fun to live with, and a twitchy eye can sometimes even leave the patient with a permanent spasm, holding their eyelid in a tense position. Since Botox contracts these muscles, an injection in the tiny muscles around the eye area will stop these involuntary twitches and even help the patient squint less as they cannot move the muscle as easily. Another upside to this is that it also slows the appearance of wrinkles around the eye area, but we’re sure you’re relieved to just no longer have a twitchy eye!

4. Reduces Headaches and Migraines

While Botox does not prevent a migraine itself, since that is a problem caused by the blood flow and the release of chemicals in your brain, it does relieve some of the symptoms that come with it, such as light sensitivity and nausea, therefore making the migraine easier to deal with. Speak to a surgeon near you to learn more about how Botox could potentially be used to treat your migraines.

5. Excellent Treatment for Those with Bell’s Palsy

Similar to spasm of the eye muscles, those who suffer from Bell’s palsy know what it’s like to deal with tense facial muscles they cannot control, as well as unwanted facial tics. A Botox injection will relieve the tension of the overly-tightened facial muscles. More of a cosmetic choice than treatment, patients can also receive an injection on the non-paralyzed side of the face to prevent overactivity from muscles not affected by the condition, thereby giving the face a more balanced look.

Botox is more than a simple alternative to plastic surgery. It can alleviate many life-affecting factors people are often too embarrassed to know what to do anything about. If a non-cosmetic Botox procedure seems like the right fit for you, contact the professionals at Zannis Plastic Surgery for a consultation and schedule your appointment today to relieve your pain and feel more comfortable in your own skin.