Mostly recognised for treating wrinkles and lines on the face, Botox can also be used to treat other areas of the body. Whether for medical or aesthetical reasons, Botox is an injectable treatment with a rich history of proven uses.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a neurotoxin made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinu. This naturally occurring bacterium works by blocking signals from the nerves to paralyse the muscles. This paralysis stops the muscles from contracting, forcing them to relax and soften. This reduces wrinkles, tension, and even muscle mass when enough of the toxin is injected.
The effects of Botox injections typically last for 3-6 months and it takes 7-14 days to see the results of a treatment.
How is Botox used in different areas of the body?
Botox is approved to treat various medical conditions in different parts of the body. It’s often used to relieve the following problems.
- Severe underarm sweating(hyperhidrosis)
- Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shouldermuscle spasms
- Chronic migraines where the headaches last at least 4 hours on 15 or more days per month
- Uncontrollable blinking or eye lid spasms (blepharospasm)
- Crossed eyes or eyesthat point in different directions (strabismus)
- Overactive bladder where anticholinergic medications do not work
In some cases, people also request Botox for other conditions including
- Dyshidrotic eczema, which affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
- Raynaud’s disease, which affects circulation in the hands and feet
- Facial redness and flushing, including during menopause
- Keloids and scars from healing wounds
Botox for Body Contouring
As well as treating wrinkles and easing the effects of medical conditions, some aesthetic practitioners are using Botox to contour the body. Due to its muscle-slimming effects, the neurotoxin works as an effective alternative to invasive slimming treatments.
Body contouring with Botox works differently than injections into the face or for medical purposes. In these treatments, the aim is to atrophy the muscle and cause it to shrink. To do this, the Botox is injected intramuscularly and in much larger quantities.
Botox body contouring usually lasts around 6 months, but it can wear off faster if the area is exercised frequently – this is usually true of the calves and thigh muscles. Once atrophy occurs the muscle shrinks to create a slimmer and more defined appearance.
Body contouring Botox treatments are often performed on the following areas
- The calves – if you want to slim down your calf muscles body Botox is the answer. During the treatment, Botox is injected into the calf muscle on the area that is more pronounced when tense. The Botox paralyses and shrinks the calf muscle in a slimming effect.
- The shoulder muscles – for a longer, slimmer-looking neck Botox can be injected into the trapezius muscles. These muscles run from the shoulder to the neck, and down to the middle of the back. The paralysing effect of the Botox toxin also relaxes these muscles and gives relief from tightness caused by stress and posture.
- The thighs can be a problem area for many people, but Botox injections quickly reduces their size for up to 6 months. Of course, this is dependent on how often the person exercises their thigh muscles. During this treatment, the toxin is injected into the quadricep to reshape and contour the thigh.
If you’re planning to get Botox injections for aesthetic or medical reasons, our experienced practitioners will give you advice on the right treatments. Use our contact form to book an initial consultation with Cosmetic Couture today and regain your body confidence!