Botox injections and treatments are now incredibly common in the ever-changing world of health and beauty. Whilst there are numerous cosmetic treatments, products, and treatments out there, Botox is certainly considered one of the best, and one of the most effective. Every single day, people from all over the globe will visit trained medical experts and will have Botox injected into their skin to help prevent and reduce any visible lines and wrinkles. In the US alone, Botox generates billions upon billions of dollars, and those numbers are increasing every single day. Whilst many of you will probably have a rough understanding of what Botox is and how it works, you may not know as much about Botox as you think. If you’re thinking of having Botox, or if you simply want to learn more about it, here are a few surprising facts about Botox.
Botox is great for perspiration
Whilst sweating is generally not an immediate cause for concern, unless you are severely dehydrated, it can still make life very uncomfortable for people who perspire a lot. Some people naturally perspire more so than others, which can make them uncomfortable, not to mention self conscious as well. The good news however, is that Botox can actually help. Botox can be injected directly into your sweat glands to help prevent excessive sweating. It does this by blocking specialist chemical signals sent via the nerves, to the sweat glands to encourage them to become stimulated. By blocking these signals, sweating is prevented. One treatment can provide relief for a good seven months or so.
Botox can provide psychological benefits
It may sound bizarre, but there is strong evidence to suggest that Botox injections can help treat and prevent mental health issues such as depression. You see, by freezing certain facial muscles in the face that may be engaged when we frown, or simply look upset, this can, in a sense, trick the brain into thinking that we’re happier than we are. The Botox can disrupt feedback sent from the muscles in the face, to neurotransmitters in the brain, which ordinarily may be involved in the processes required for developing negative emotions. Put simply, if you are unable to frown and pull angry/sad faces, your brain will think you are happier, and will increase the production of chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for positive emotions.
Botox was discovered via food poisoning
Botox is also known as Botulinum Toxin. These toxin was discovered way back during the 1820s, where a doctor named Justinus Kerner, had been tasked with finding out why a number of German people had been poisoned via a batch of blood sausages. It turns out that this toxin was in fact present in the sausages. Whilst this may be alarming, don’t worry, as Botox injections are entirely safe, though we certainly wouldn’t recommend eating or drinking any.
Botox is a great pain-killer
For people dealing with chronic pain, especially in certain muscles, Botox is ideal. Once injected into the muscles, signals responsible for the contraction of these muscles will be blocked. Chronic neck pain sufferers in particular, have benefited heavily from Botox injections.