What Can’t BOTOX® Do? Alternative Uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic

  • October 5, 2018

Most people have heard of BOTOX® – this popular injectable is well-known for being able to smooth away movement-related wrinkles with virtually no recovery or downtime, but wrinkle reduction isn’t the only reason why men and women opt for BOTOX® injections. This versatile treatment can be used for a variety of cosmetic and non-cosmetic purposes. Below, we’re exploring the many uses of BOTOX®.

Reduces Sweating

People suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) often face embarrassment in social situations and professional settings. It’s difficult to relax and feel your best if you’re constantly worried about sweating through your clothes or having damp palms. BOTOX® can bring relief to those experiencing excessive sweating.

Since 2004, BOTOX® has been FDA-approved for treating underarm sweating. It works by blocking the chemicals that trigger sweating in the treated area. While the FDA approval only covers treatment for the underarms, in most cases, BOTOX® is also effective at reducing sweating on the face, scalp, feet, and palms.

Produces an “Airbrushed” Finish

As BOTOX® techniques have developed over the years, many aesthetic professionals are finding that “microbotox” can give the skin an airbrushed finish. Microbotox refers to the superficial injection of diluted BOTOX®.

Typically, BOTOX® is injected a bit deeper, usually in the muscle layer. When injected into the dermis, or the area between the dermis and the superficial layer of facial muscles, BOTOX® can decrease oil gland activity and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. This gives the facial skin a soft, airbrushed finish and improves skin texture for a picture-ready look.

Slims the Face

For some patients, overdeveloped masseter muscles have created a facial shape that is wider on the lower third of the face. The masseter muscle is connected to the mandible and facilitates chewing. When it becomes overdeveloped, this can produce a square-shaped face that some women feel detracts from an otherwise feminine appearance.

BOTOX® can easily treat this common problem and restore a slimmer facial appearance. When BOTOX® is injected into the masseter muscle, it reduces muscle activity in this area. Over time, the masseter muscle becomes smaller and reveals a more oval facial shape. Another benefit of this treatment is that it provides relief for those who frequently grind their teeth or clench their jaw.

Subtly Lifts Certain Facial Features

While blepharoplasty is an excellent option for treating drooping eyelids, not all patients feel ready for facial surgery. For those who have moderate eyelid sagging, BOTOX® is an ideal alternative that produces an alert, refreshed look.

Eyelid sagging is caused by different reasons, but in many cases, it’s a result of the constant downward pulling of surrounding muscles. BOTOX® forces these muscles to relax, restoring a rejuvenated look to the eyes. This treatment can also subtly lift the eyebrows and create a more defined eyebrow arch.

BOTOX® is also helpful for creating a poutier lip shape. When injected into the upper lip line, it causes the lip to roll outward, giving it a full and lifted look.

To learn more about the many uses of BOTOX®, contact our office for a personal consultation. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt, would be happy to help you explore your options for cosmetic treatments.


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