We might not be able to go back in time to when we were 25 nor prevent ourselves from getting older, but we can make sure we look and feel our best no matter our age. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a great option sought by many to ease the symptoms of menopause and hormonal imbalance. BHRT can help reduce hot flashes and night sweats, and rid your insomnia. Getting your hormones back in check can help you live your life to the fullest, but feeling amazing is only half the journey. What if you could regain your self-confidence by looking as good as you feel? We’re here to tell you that you can with botox.

We know what you’re thinking– botox, really? Isn’t that something only celebrities use? The answer is yes and no. Yes, botox is a great tool to help people maintain a younger appearance, and no, it certainly is not only for celebrities. We’re here to end the stigma against botox, explaining its many uses and how it works.

So What is the Purpose of Botox?

The purpose of botox was to never create new features or exaggerate your current ones. Instead, botox was created to help people maintain their current features and youthful appearance. How does this work exactly? Let us explain a little more.

Botox is made from a bacteria called botulism toxin. Don’t let the words ‘bacteria’ or ‘toxin’ scare you though. It’s completely safe when used in controlled doses. This formulated compound is injected into specific areas where it will bind itself to receptors in your muscle and affect the nerves within. By doing this, the muscle will be unable to contract, and wrinkles that form due to this contraction will either diminish or go away entirely. Botox is primarily used to target wrinkles on the forehead, under the eyes, and around the mouth, but this isn’t its only use.

Botox Prevents Excessive Sweating

Botox may primarily be used to reduce wrinkles, but it can also serve other helpful functions for people with certain conditions. One common example includes those with overactive sweat glands. By injecting botox into the sweat glands of a person’s armpit it can completely block sweat and odor for months and boost the individual’s self-confidence.

Botox Helps Rid Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Those with chronic headaches and migraines may find peace with botox. An FDA approved treatment, botox helps decrease migraine frequency by stopping the headache before it even occurs. A typical session takes about 20 minutes and includes 31 injections distributed between the head and neck area around pain fibers specific to headaches. Once the botox enters the nerve endings, it blocks the release of chemicals that signal pain.

If you’re worried about side effects, the most common is a sore neck. While some people report seeing improvements in their migraines after two sessions, it can take others up to 6 months to experience the full benefits of botox.

How Often Does it Last?

Whether you’re using botox to maintain your beautiful features or for health reasons, no session provides lasting effects. After receiving your botox treatment, it can take 1-10 days to begin taking effect and typically lasts for 3-4 months. This is how long it takes for your body to regenerate new receptors within the muscle. If you’re receiving botox for migraines, it may not last quite as long. Those suffering with migraines typically see relief for 10-12 weeks before their due for their next session.

Are there restrictions after receiving treatment?

There typically are not any restrictions after receiving treatment. Some doctors may recommend that you don’t perform any physical activity for 40-60 minutes after treatment, but otherwise you’re free to do whatever activities you please.

No matter your age, you should always feel good in your own skin. While hormone replacement therapy can help get your body back on track so you’re living your best life, botox can help boost your confidence, so you’re ready to take the world by storm.

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