Botox Beyond Wrinkles

And on the 8th day, God created Botox.

Ok, that came many years later, but aren’t we thankful? We have wrinkles to slay, expressions to soften, and a serious need to combat our obvious signs of annoyance. Botox works wonders for our anti-aging concerns!

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However, botox has many uses outside of anti-aging in the medical industry. The botulinum toxin has been used to treat a host of medical issues, including hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), strabismus (crossed eye/eyes), migraines, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), acne, and to reduce spasticity (contracted muscles)

Spasticity

At the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH., botox is injected into the patients specified muscle group(s) to reduce the contracted muscles and involuntary movements. The benefits may surprise you. According to the hospital, regular botox injections can show improvement in a range of motion. The increased range of motion can help improve hygiene for easier toileting and bathing, functional activity such as standing and walking, and to improve the fitting of orthodontics, such as braces and splints. For many children, botox can be advised as the best approach to addressing a child’s functional problems, and there are no limits in activity after the injections.

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Strabismus

Treating strabismus (crossed eyes) patients with botox has proven effective results. Dr. Alastair Carruthers, after injecting 9 adult strabismus patients, showed an average of an 81% improvement 4-5 days after the injection. Further studies show a >50% reduction in ocular deviation in patients who receive injections, and infants and children who also receive botox injections for alignment have long term satisfactory results.

Hyperhidrosis

But how does Botox work for sweating? We all sweat, right? Yes, but for some, sweating can occur abnormally, causing discomfort and embarrassment, especially when sweating through clothing. This abnormal sweating occurs when not working out, and when it is not hot. It is also difficult to control with antiperspirants and prescription antiperspirants.

Botox works to block the nerves responsible for activating sweat glands, which are normally activated when body temperature rises. This is a normal and natural way for the body to cool itself, but in abnormal situations, these nerves are overactive, which causes the excess. Not only can botox be used to treat sweaty armpits, but also sweaty palms, scalp, and the soles of the feet.

Migraines

According to the American Migraine Foundation, botox is a treatment option best used for patients who have more frequents headaches – more than 15 days per month. Botox helps to block the nerves responsible for transmitting pain, but often takes a few sessions to fully work, according to Dr. Blumenfeld. A treatment can last for up to 12 weeks, and multiple treatments can reduce the number of days experiencing headaches by 50%.

Acne

While botox can be a successful treatment for acne, the treatment is usually limited to adults, as teenagers are not the best candidates. Botox blocks the acetylcholine in the skin dermis, which is responsible for oil production.

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With less oil production, there is less of a breeding ground for bacteria, and patients are noticing less flare up. In a study by Anil Shah, MD, Marie Clare reports that out of a group of 20 patients, 85% who were injected with a single dose of botox saw improvement in the size of their pores, and less oil production. Melissa Kanchanpoomi Levin, MD, noted that patients saw a decrease in forehead acne and less oil when receiving injections in-between the brow area for cosmetic purposes. A unique and added perk!

While botox is still the go-to for softening expression lines, the benefits go above and beyond cosmetic purposes. Botox has become a safe, effective, and often quick alternative for a number of therapeutic conditions, and even more treatable conditions are on the rise.

Any questions? Send them my way!

The Skinny On Anti-Aging Skin Care

When it comes to the finding the most appropriate anti-aging skin care regimen, it all depends on your areas of concern. The best ingredients are listed below that tackle a multitude of concerns, and are excellent for a wide range of ages.

 Vitamin C

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For starters, the potent antioxidant properties in Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) make it a vital molecule for skin health. It helps protect the skin from UV light exposure caused by free radicals, and helps regulate the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Collagen aids in supporting the epidermis and works hand in hand with elastin to support the skin. Vitamin C has been a staple in ancient beauty, used in Tibet during the Tang Dynasty, and is most beneficial when applied topically. Vitamin C helps to rejuvenate and maintain firm and youthful skin, lighten and brighten dark spots, and is recommended for daily topical use.

 Hyaluronic Acid

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Contrary to belief, not all acids are created equal. Hyaluronic acid is gentle and will not break down your skin all while turning back the clock. HA is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from its surroundings, and helps to plump the skin while giving it a smoother appearance. One gram of HA can hold up to six liters of water! This is especially beneficial for those who live in dry climates, and want to boost their moisturizers, as HA works best layered and/or in combination with other ingredients.

Retinol

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This cure-all, superstar ingredient is a vitamin-A derivative, which tackles fine lines, sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, and crepiness to name a few. While it can take some time for your skin to acclimate to this powerful ingredient, the best approach is start slowly, using it 2-3 times a week for two weeks, and then adding an additional night from there on. To get the fullest benefits, give your retinol product a few months to reap the full benefits. You’ll be glad you did!

Niacinamide

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Also known as nicotinic acid, and Vitamin B3, niacinamide is an excellent skin-restoring ingredient that helps to build proteins in the skin (think keratin), lock in moisture, and prevent environmental damage by rebuilding healthy skin cells. Other benefits include minimizing pore appearance, acne control, oil regulation, tackling fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation reduction.

CBD

A naturally occurring plant compound derived from the cannabis plant, also known as cannabidiol. While found in the marijuana plant, it is non-psychoactive and completely legal. In skin care, its benefits are amazing. CBD is a powerful antioxidant, which helps counteract signs of aging caused by free radicals, and is possibly more powerful than Vitamin C and E combined. CBD treats inflammatory skin conditions (think eczema and acne), supports the skins natural healing process, and evidence suggests cannabinoids help manage dry skin as it moisturizes without clogging pores.

Here are a list of my recommended anti-aging products by Color Up Therapeutics and SkinMedica :

1. Color Up Therapeutics 100mg Moisturizer UV Repair 2. Color Up Therapeutics Treatment Oil 3. Color Up Therapeutics Dark Circle Reduction and Firming Eye Cream 4. SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum 5. SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex

Want to add more fun to your skin care care routine? Check out these products by Grande Lash MD:

1. GrandeLash - MD Lash Enhancing Serum 2. GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper, Gloss 3. GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum

Place an order for any of the above products by contacting me through this link, at 720.236.7541, through email — heather@RadiantSkinRN.com, or by swinging by my studio located at 1317 Washington Ave. Unit D. Golden, CO. 80401.

What products do you swear by? Leave a comment below!