More than a wrinkle treatment
Discover other brilliant ways Botox can help you look beautiful.
Derived from botulinum toxin – one of the deadliest substances known to man – Botox works by blocking nerve signals in any treated area. This useful property has lent itself to a seemingly endless number of applications in the field of medicine.
Here, we’ll share 8 surprising cosmetic uses of Botox, well beyond its popularised function in treating wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
1. Oily Skin & Acne
Botox can be used to reduce your skin’s oil production, thereby minimising acne breakout. Minute amounts of Botox are injected superficially underneath your skin, which then limit the activity of your skin’s oil glands
2. Sagging Midface
Though still inconclusive, Botox has been shown to lift and balance the midface. This is done via an intradermal injection to weaken the downward pull of depressing muscles, resulting in a lift of the midface
3. Thin Lips
Called the “Botox lip flip”, Botox is injected into the muscles around your mouth. This results in your lips rolling or “flipping” outward, creating an illusion of bigger lips
4. Boxy, Squarish Jaws
Also frequently carried out by dentists to treat bruxism, Botox is injected into your masseter (chewing) muscles of the jaws. This reduces the activity of the muscles and narrows the jawline, resulting in a sharper face
5. Sweaty Palms, Feet, and Armpits
Also known as hyperhidrosis, Botox can be injected to target overactive sweat glands, reducing the sweat produced
6. Gummy Smile
A smile that reveals too much gum. This usually happens when your upper lip rises too far above the upper teeth when you smile. By injecting Botox into the upper lip, the muscles responsible for retracting your lips will not raise it as much, giving you a more balanced smile
Also known as wall-eyed, or Strabismus, it is a condition in which your eyes do not properly align with each other when looking at an object. Botox is injected by a specialist to correct the overactivated extraocular muscles in the misaligned eye
8. Wrinkled Neck
Called the Nefertiti Neck Lift, small amounts of Botox are injected into the upper platysma muscles, counteracting its pull and softening neck lines and wrinkles.
Because these are not common uses of Botox, the above treatments should only be performed by a very experienced medical practitioner; one who is very familiar with the facial musculature and anatomy, as well as being adept at handling Botox.
As cosmetic surgery becomes more of a norm, Botox and HIFU treatments in Singapore have become much more common, with various aesthetic clinics offering these skin tightening treatments in Singapore to the masses.
[07 Sep 2019] A blog post by Dr. Sue Ho
Having honed her medical and surgical skills in Ireland and across the straits, Dr Sue has, since 2006, worked in Singapore’s public hospitals, including Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and National University Hospital.
Sue’s passion for aesthetics was sparked by a chance encounter with Dr Kelvin Chua, founder and medical director of SL Aesthetic Clinic. Sue is committed to enhancing the natural beauty of each patient, through a personalised and holistic program of treatment and care.
Vaginal rejuvenation and tightening, Botox treatments, filler augmentation and skin rejuvenation are some of the minimally invasive procedures Sue is interested in. She is also an advocate for active living, often giving patients tips and insights to leading a healthier, more wholesome lifestyle.
Recently married to a Frenchman and having just become a mother to a lovely daughter, Sue makes a conscientious effort in keeping a work-life balance.
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