Most people associate Botox (botulinum toxin type A) with cosmetic procedures.  Small wrinkles and lines disappear with a simple injection. However, there are other purposes for people receiving Botox in Ottawa, and here are some:

Narrow a Jawline – Sometimes the muscle that grows over the jawbone, the masseter, can overdevelop and the effect is sharp and somewhat masculine.  In Asia, they started using Botox injections and this masseter muscle relaxes the appearance to a softer, thinner profile.

Gummy Smile – Ever notice that some smiles show a lot more gum line than appropriate?  A Botox injection in the right place will prevent the upper lip from retracting too much.  The result is a perfectly proportioned smile.

Frowning Lips – With the natural effects of aging, muscles will droop.  As this happens, the mouth corners will also sag and give the effect of a sad or angry appearance.  Carefully placed Botox in the Depressor Anguli Oris muscle will prevent this occurrence.

Vertical Creases – If you have noticed unsightly vertical creases at the top of your nose, these are commonly called Bunny Lines.  They develop over the years from squinting and wrinkling the nose. After a small injection, these lines will disappear for up to four months.

Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the sweat glands in the body overproduce.  When this happens, hands are always moist and this can be embarrassing when meeting people. It can also affect the soles of the feet, which can become extremely painful after wearing shoes all day.  A Botox injection can help this medical condition.

Migraines – Botox has proven effective in diminishing the effects of migraine headaches.

As you can tell, there are a number of uses for botox in Ottawa, aside from cosmetics.