These days youthful beauty is so much easier to maintain - and attain - than it was for previous generations. Given the choice of having a younger and radiant look, who wouldn’t pursue all the available opportunities and choices?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over six million Americans received the Botox cosmetic procedure in 2013. We all know that while Botox is commonly viewed as a procedure to remove and prevent wrinkles, it also has some health benefits attached to it as well. Before getting into these benefits it is first important to understand how Botox works.

Just How Does Botox Work?

Botox is an FDA approved treatment that uses a neurotoxin to treat various conditions as well as cosmetically enhance one’s appearance. The toxin used is actually very dangerous at high doses, yet at low doses Botox has proven to be a safe and effective treatment method for various conditions. At very low concentrations Botox is injected to a targeted area, which in turn prevents nerve cells from receiving signals. As a result, muscles enter a temporary paralyzed state since they cannot receive instructions to contract. This induced result is most often used to remove and prevent wrinkles in the skin. While the general population uses Botox for this purpose, it does have added benefits as well. Sounding beautiful yet?

Hidden Benefits

While Botox is great at targeting wrinkles and revitalizing aged skin, some of its additional benefits include:

· Migraine Relief. When Botox is injected, it releases tension in adjacent muscles of the targeted area. This release in tension has been proven to relieve the strain on the nervous system and reduce the occurrence and pain level of migraines.

· Arthritis and Muscle Pain Relief-Since Botox temporarily paralyzes targeted muscles it assists in providing relief to local aches and pains. In addition, common conditions like TMJ (jaw pain) can also be relieved by the paralyzing of local muscles.

· Less Sweating. Botox reduces sweat in injection area by obstructing the production of acetylcholine, which is sweat gland stimulate.

· Eye Twitches. By implementing small doses of Botox in the eye muscles conditions such as strabismus, or lazy eye, and blepharospasm can often be treated.

· Overactive Bladder Treatment. When Botox is applied to the bladder, it allows it to increase in capacity. This is commonly performed for patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.

Since its introduction, Botox has been found to be beneficial towards various conditions. There are continuous studies being performed to further see what Botox may have to offer. While the treatment is safe and commonly used, it is always important to refer to an experienced physician when receiving Botox. Additionally, while it is an effective treatment for various conditions, Botox is typically a temporary treatment and will often need to be continued under a professional to receive lasting results.

For more information and treatment advice, learn more from Dr. Lawrence Broder, an Austin region cosmetic surgeon, dermatologist, and founder of Beleza Medspa. Dr. Broder is among the leading providers of botox in Austin and can be found by calling 1.800.509.9785 and at

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