Botox is easily the most well-known and popular cosmetic treatments of all time. It has been portrayed extensively in the media, and it is one of the best ways to combat the effects of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox works by facilitating muscle relaxation and promotes natural and long-lasting rejuvenation.
While Botox is a popular choice for people who are interested in combatting the signs of aging, like wrinkles, crow’s feet, and forehead lines, it has also been used for a variety of therapeutic and medical procedures outside of the cosmetic world.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the more surprising uses for Botox outside of reducing the visible effects of wrinkles.
Reduce Chronic Migraines
Botox has been shown to be an effective tool to reduce the amount and intensity of chronic migraines. It was officially approved by the FDA in 2010 after some plastic surgeons reported positive effects in the reduction of migraines from patients who were taking Botox for cosmetic reasons.
Today, patients who receive Botox for the prevention of migraines often get injections in different areas around the head and neck. Many are interested in Botox because it can alleviate chronic headaches for about three months and serves as a viable alternative to potentially harmful oral medications.
Minimization Of Cleft Lip Scars
Botox is renown across the medical world for its ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It is now being used to help minimize the effects of cleft lip scars in babies. Many babies who are born with a cleft palate or lip choose to undergo surgery and are often left with noticeable scars.
Botox has been effective with allowing scars to heal by holding the surrounding muscles stable. The process of injecting babies with Botox has been backed up by medical science.
Limiting An Overactive Bladder
For patients who suffer from an overactive bladder, Botox is an FDA-approved procedure to reduce the amount of urination. Some medical professionals have heralded the treatment as one of the most impactful to limit an overactive bladder. However, Botox has been known to shut down the bladder to a point where it stops functioning normally, which then necessitates the use of a catheter.
Cut Down On Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating is an ailment that can cause a lot of distress and hassle. Botox has been used as a tool to alleviate overactive sweat glands for patients who do not respond to topical antiperspirants and oral medication.
Botox has been known to eliminate sweat production in a matter of minutes in patients who are excessively sweating. The dosage of Botox can be easily tailored depending on how much sweat a patient is comfortable with producing.
Most people choose to reduce sweating in the armpit area to cut down on sweat stains and eliminate dry cleaning bills, but Botox has been injected into the palms, soles, and scalp in order to reduce instances of excessive sweating. A typical treatment usually lasts from four to six months.
Treatment Of TMJ
Botox has been heralded as an effective treatment for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), which can lead to a great deal of jaw pain right at the joint. Botox is able to be injected in order to reduce the amount of jaw grinding and clenching. Treatments for TMJ can consist of just one session but are usually spaced out.
Alleviate Symptoms Of Depression
Some medical trials have found promising results in treating symptoms of depression with Botox. The idea is that facial expressions can influence the mood, otherwise known as the facial feedback hypothesis. Some studies have asserted people who were treated with Botox experienced a lessening of depression symptoms in the weeks after injections.
Botox: A Highly Effective Drug With A Plethora Of Uses
The vast majority of patients who come into our office are able to qualify for Botox injections for cosmetic purposes. Even though Botox is being used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, it is still vastly popular for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.
Each and every Botox treatment at our office is personally administered by Dr. Matt Herschovitch, who has extensive experience as a plastic surgeon in order to give you the most natural looking results.
Speak with us if you are interested in learning more about the many uses of Botox and to see if treatment could be the right fit for your goals and desires.
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