FIVE PLACES YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD HAVE BOTOX

When people think of Botox, often they think of tight-lipped smiles and stretched faces caused by the removal of wrinkles. This stereotypical association has only been encouraged by the number of ageing celebrities who resort to Botox as a means of retaining their youthful faces. What a lot of people do not realise is that Botox can be used for reasons other than slowing down the signs of ageing on someone’s face. In fact, Botox was first invented to do just this; to aid people both medically and aesthetically for areas of the body other than the face, from eliminating excessive sweating to assisting weight loss.

1) Armpits

Botox can be injected into the armpit to treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). Doctors will inject around 50 units of Botox into each armpit, which then works to block the production of the chemical that activates sweat glands and manages to reduce the likelihood of sweat by as much as 90 per cent. The entire process can take as little as 10 minutes, with the effects lasting from between 6 to 8 months.

2) Hands and Feet

Botox can be used not only to treat excessive sweating in the armpits, but also in the hands and feet. This is particularly helpful in people who suffer from a condition which makes normal activities difficult. Botox can be injected into the palms and/or fingertips, as well as feet to block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. 50-100 units are needed for an effective job that eliminates hyperhidrosis.

3) Neck

Botox can offer an effective alternative to a neck lift. Many people are keen to hide the signs of aging that occur in the neck area with skin banding, wrinkles and sagging, and by having a carefully positioned Botox injection into the platysma muscle, found in the front of the neck, the skin can be tightened and smoothed, making it appear more youthful.

4) Scalp

Those who find that sweating from the scalp can mean that their hairstyles don’t stay looking salon fresh for as long as they would like may find Scalp Botox of benefit. Generally it takes 150-200 injections to cover the whole scalp, but many people option for this treatment don’t require the whole head to be treated, as the t-section of the front and parting, or around the neck area often makes enough of a difference.

5) Stomach

Injections of Botox into your stomach can actually assist in weight loss. A new study revealed that people manage to lose weight by the Botox blocking a nerve that signals to the rest of your body that you are hungry. The injections are carried out under sedation via an endoscope through the mouth, into the stomach, and as with other forms of Botox the results last approximately six months.

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