Everything you need to know about cosmetic surgery procedures.
Source: SpaMedica. This patient received Botox injections to her crow's feet.
With selfies practically engrained in our culture now, plastic surgeons have seen an increase in patients coming in for non-surgical and surgical procedures over the past year. A study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed that 1 in 3 plastic surgeons saw an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more self-aware of their looks on social media. Keeping these observations in mind, the surgeons also noted an increase in rhinoplasty, hair transplants and eyelid surgery.
People want to look good—for selfies or to just maintain their youth—and they will do what it takes to achieve it. The latest statistics on plastic surgery trends shows that three quarters of all procedures performed in 2013 were minimally invasive. Unsurprisingly, Botox was the most popular non-surgical procedure performed. While most of these injections were most likely for cosmetic reasons, Botox can treat 3 other common problems millions of people deal with.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know that they’re not fun or pleasant at all. Migraines differ from regular headaches in that the pain is much more intense and can involve nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sound and light. Migraine episodes can last for a few hours.
The FDA approved Botox as a treatment option for chronic migraines in 2010. According to Healthline, injections can be made to specific points along the nose bridge, temples, neck, forehead and the back of the head. It can take from 10-14 days after the treatments to feel relief. Usually, Botox treatments for migraines are performed once every 3 months.
Some people have urinary incontinence, which is the loss of bladder control. This problem could be minor or severe. You could cough or let out a sneeze and that triggers urine to come out. Or, you could have a really strong urge to urinate without getting to the washroom in time. Things like childbirth, pregnancy and menopause can cause urinary incontinence. All this means that women are more likely to experience this problem more than men.
Urinary incontinence could be so problematic and embarrassing for some people that treatment is required. Botox injections to the bladder muscle temporarily treat these overactive bladder symptoms. Results last for about 9 months.
Most of us sweat more than we would want to when it’s summertime. For some people, though, sweating excessively is a problem regardless of the season or weather. This condition is called hyperhidrosis—about 3% of the world’s population lives with this common condition.
Those who sweat excessively can see sweat in multiple areas of their body such as the armpits, hands, feet or forehead. To temporarily treat the sweating, an injection of Botox is inserted to the problem area. By doing this, chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands are blocked. This 10-minute treatment can leave you sweat-free in that area for up to 6 months.
Botox isn’t just for pretty faces after all. Sure, it can temporarily erase some wrinkles here and there but there are tons of other things Botox can do for you. If you’ve been thinking about getting treatments, now is the perfect time to do it.
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