If you’re about to start your Botox foundation courses you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ll simply be learning how to remove wrinkles from people’s brows and around their eyes. And while this will undoubtedly be a big part of what you end up doing it’s far from the only use for Botox.
Speaking to Stuff.co.uk, Dr Catherine Stone of New Zealand’s The Face Place explained that there are a number of alternative uses for Botox.
Among them is helping people who grind their teeth or who carry a lot of tension in their jaw. Having injections of botulinum toxin can soften the masseter muscles in the jaw, helping to reduce jaw pain and limit the damage caused by grinding teeth.
She also noted that Botox can be used to treat facial asymmetries. However, Dr Stone asserted that this takes a highly experienced clinician because of the skill involved in the procedure.
“The aim is to bring the face into the ‘normal’ realm of asymmetry (we are all asymmetrical) so that people are not as self-conscious about people looking at them,” she wrote.
You may also be surprised to learn that Botox can be used to tackle excessive sweating. According to Dr Stone, it can be an effective way to reduce localised sweating in areas such as the armpits, hands and feet.
She also noted the effectiveness of the injections in treating migraines – and isn’t the first professional to do so.
Scientists in Germany recently asserted that it can help those who suffer with this type of painful headache and that there needs to be greater awareness among migraine sufferers that this is a treatment option for them.