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Jack Of All Trades: 3 Things You Didn't Know Botox Could Do

Botox -- it's that miracle cosmetic treatment that can erase fine lines off of your forehead and magic away crow's feet before they ever have a chance to land. But botox treatments have many other benefits, including a few that might not occur to you at first. If you're interested in getting botox and are curious about exactly what it can do for you and your face, then here's what you need to know.

#1: Take Away Nighttime Pain

For those people who clench and/or grind their teeth during the night, the frustration can be endless. Previously, the only cure for this malady seemed to be oversized mouth guards that protected your enamel but also dried out your lips and made it hard for you to breathe naturally, let alone close your mouth when you sleep.

There is a solution to this problem, however, and it comes in a handy little syringe your dentist can inject -- botox. In the same way that it paralyzes the muscles in your forehead and around your eyes to prevent wrinkles, it can also paralyze the muscles in your jaw. When you go to clench your teeth at night, you won't notice the difference -- but the muscles won't actually contract, saving your enamel -- and saving you the tension headache in the morning. And speaking of headaches...

#2: Relieve Migraines

Migraine headaches -- which are far worse than garden-variety headaches, and less responsive to pain medication -- are notoriously hard to relieve. With many their vision, hearing, balance, and smell can be affected, and while a friend might recommend something for you what works for one person may not work for another.

A few injections of botox, however, can help where all the ibuprofen and peppermint oil in the world falls short -- actually relieving migraine pain. Generally, the botox is injected into the temples, neck, forehead, and shoulders, and can help stop the head pain from actually reaching your pain receptors.

It should be noted that this method works best for chronic migraines, rather than episodic ones -- but with the cost of botox, it's a balm that only those who suffer from migraines weekly can get this kind of relief.

#3: Keep You Cool

It doesn't actually correct your body temperature, but botox can help you stop reacting to hotter climates. When injected into your armpits, botox can help you stop sweating. This treatment is particularly helpful for those diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, and can last as long as nine months.