Botox: the injectable toxin that some consider to be the fountain of youth. For the vain that knows no pain, it is but a mere wrinkle freezer that keeps your face (well?) intact in the fight against the clock. In fact, according to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 6.3 million procedures of Botulinum toxin type A injections were done in the previous year, increasing its number by 3% compared to that of 2012’s.
While it still may be the top of mind procedure for those who would go certain lengths in keeping their youth, these days, there are a few more other uses for it and some may be stranger than what you expect. How does an insta-breast lift sound?
SWEAT TALK YOUR WAY OUT
One of the other more popular uses of Botox is that it’s being used as a means to prevent excessive sweating. It has been proven to alleviate all types of sweating by blocking the release of the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands. But while getting stung by a small needle might seem like an easy thing for those with a strong pain threshold, some patients claim that having your palms injected can be extremely painful. Ouch!
BETTER THAN POPPING THE PILL, MAYBE
Stressed as you are well dressed? A little Botox can cure those headaches and migraines, or at least some doctors believe that they can. These injections are commonly administered by plastic surgeons—targeting seven areas around the temples, neck, forehead, and shoulders to relieve one of pain by reducing muscle tension.
AT A BAT OF AN EYELASH
Having been around since the 1960s, it wasn’t until 1980 that Botox was injected into a human. Its first use however wasn’t for vanity’s sake but instead to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. How? Two of the six muscles found in each of your eyes move the eye from side to side. In the occurrence that one goes weak, injecting the drug on the stronger muscle to relax it gives the weaker one a chance to recover.
THE TWINS ARE ALRIGHT
A perkier set of bosoms is hot on the “wants” list for many women. And while many are sceptical about having their twins done, a minimally-invasive way of keeping them up there is by way of Botox injections. The drug is injected into the pectoralis minor muscle, thus making it stoop forward with your shoulders down and hunched forward. This procedure however is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and is strongly not advised.
Whether it is for medicinal purposes or for vanity, always remember to consult your doctor before having anything done to your body.
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