Botox, Xeomin, and Daxxify are forms of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin obtained from bacteria that has multiple medical uses. It works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles into which it is injected, resulting in relaxation and temporary paralysis of the muscle. We all know how miraculous Botox is at treating wrinkles, but did you know it can be used for these areas as well?

Briefly, how does Botox work?

Botulinum toxin works by inhibiting muscle movement. To be exact, it prevents nerve impulses from being transmitted from the brain to the muscles. These impulses travel through our nervous system and crosses from nerve to nerve at junctions called the nerve synapses. Botulinum toxin targets and blocks nerve synapses, therefore breaking the message chain. Without this message from the brain to the muscle (or any other body part), the muscle will not receive the instructions to move. For lines and wrinkles (such as the ones on the face and forehead), we usually start with an appropriate dose to help prevent dynamic lines from forming. For facial slimming / jaw muscles, botox works by first preventing movement, then eventually the masseter muscle shrinks with the lack of usage and this leads to a sharper, smaller face! 

Botox, Daxxify, and Xeomin are all different forms of Botulinum Toxin

Botox can also be used on and for Skin Botox.

The botulinum toxin works by blocking the nerve impulses to the sebaceous glands and sweat glands on the skin, which reduces oil production and sweat from the face. This in turn reduces clogged pores and minimizes pore size. It also as the additional effect of prevent acne, brightening the skin, and improving skin texture! Results are usually seen within a week and they last between 4-6 months. Skin Botox is also referred to as the AquaGold Facial.

AquaGold Facial, also known as Skin Botox

Botox can also be used in the underarms to prevent excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis, or sweaty palms and underarms, can be treated very effectively with botox. Botulinum toxin reduces sweating by blocking the nerve impulses to the sweat glands in our skin. Inhibited sweat glands greatly reduce the amount of perspiration. Botulinum toxin administered for excessive sweating does not affect muscle movement as administered into the skin layer instead of the muscles. Results are seen within a week and last about 6 months.

Botox injected in a grid pattern for excessive sweating

Botox can also be used for shoulder contouring.

Botulinum injections for shoulder contouring aims to achieve a lean, elegant, and more angular shoulder line, especially for women wearing tubes or strappy dresses. Due to over usage of mobile phone (tech neck) and long office working hours, some people can develop a poor posture, which leads to overdeveloped trapezius muscles – masculine, rounded shoulders. Like jaw muscle reduction, shoulder contouring aims to reduce the size and bulkiness of the trapezius muscle. The trapezius muscle is a muscle that connects the neck and the shoulders and is often the area that feels stiff due to poor posture. For those suffering from stiff and aching shoulders, shoulder contouring has the additional effect of removing these aches. Shoulder Botox takes about 3 weeks to take effect, and results last 6-8 months.

Botox can be used to contour the shoulder line for a more lean, elegant appearance

Botox can also be used on a gummy smile.

Showing too much gum when you smile? Yes, a bit of botulinum toxin (and sometimes lip fillers along with this) can change your smile. A gummy smile happens for some individuals because of the overactive muscles that pull up our upper lip when we smile, causing your upper lip to look thinner than it is and therefore overexposing the upper gums. Botox works by relaxing and reducing the movement of the upper lip muscles. Once these muscles are relaxed, the upward pull of the lips is reduced and less of the upper gums are exposed. Results are seen within a week and they last about 4 months, as the lips are often used.

Celebrities with a previously gummy smile

Botox can also be used on the jaw muscle.

At Neurostrive, we see many patients who want to achieve a smaller, more feminine jawline. Botox can be administered into the masseter muscle for a more V-shaped face. It also has the benefit of preventing and alleviating aches and pain caused by teeth grinding. Results are seen within 3 weeks and usually last 6-8 months.

To learn more about Botox, contact Neurostrive at 772-444-8482 in Stuart, FL to schedule a consultation.