Injectables: not just for lines and wrinkles

Woman with wrinkle free faceAlmost everyone knows that injectables like Botox and fillers are a great way to get rid of unsightly lines and wrinkles – but they also have other purposes. The primary use of Botox is to minimise unwanted furrows and creases – the neurotoxic protein relaxes contracted muscles, creating a smooth and even appearance in the skin.But the same injections are also frequently used as a cheaper alternative to cosmetic dental procedures. To reduce the appearance of a "gummy" looking smile, injections can relax the elevation of the upper lip, covering part of the gum. It can also be used to make breasts look younger. Injections can be placed underneath the pectoral muscles, giving breasts a lift, making them look perkier. Botox is also not only used for cosmetic reasons, it is also now an approved treatment for chronic migraine headaches. Injecting it in certain areas around the head can reduce pain by numbing nerve endings. The toxin is also FDA approved for the treatment of overactive bladder, especially for those who have found other medications ineffective. Injections twice a year have been shown to entirely eradicate urinary incontinence symptoms. If you’re a heavy sweater, it can also be used to prevent this.