Medical Benefits of Botox That Go Beyond Smoothing Wrinkles
Although it’s well known for wrinkles, Botox has increasingly stunned the medical and beauty world for its seemingly endless uses. While Botox is approved for several cosmetic and medical conditions, the manufacturers hold over 800 patents for its potential uses. Since its approval 30 years ago, it has been one of the best drugs for cosmetic enhancement.
Today, almost half of Botox revenue originates from its uses for conditions such as back pain, excessive sweating, chronic migraines and twitching eyelids.
Here are the top 6 medical uses of Botox that have nothing to do with wrinkles.
Excessive and constant sweating can really be embarrassing. The stained clothes and the physical discomfort of staying damp is not fun. Thankfully, when small amounts of Botox is injected into the skin, it blocks the nerves that supply the sweat glands thereby preventing them from producing sweat.
In 2004, Botox was approved by FDA for treating excessive sweating.
2. Chronic Migraines
Do you suffer from severe headaches which can last for more than 15 days in a month? Well, it has been noted that Botox injections in the neck, forehead, and shoulders are really effective in relieving muscle tension and pain. As compared to other medications taken after the onset of migraines, Botox is very effective in preventing migraines from occurring.
To treat this condition, it’s recommended that you are injected with Botox once every 12 weeks.
Although most medical experts are still skeptical about this, some initial trials have suggested that Botox may be used to alleviate signs of depression. The proposed treatment mechanism is usually based on what’s known as the facial feedback hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, an individual’s facial expressions can greatly affect his moods. According to a study done on 74 people in 2014, over 52 percent of those who received Botox reported a drop in depression symptoms as compared to those who were placed on Placebo.
4. Muscle Spasms
In America, Botox has been approved to treat muscle spasms in the face, neck, eyelids, upper body and shoulders. Since it can block nerve impulses, it connects to the nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters which usually activates the nerves. It basically blocks the message from the brain that makes the muscles to contract. However, since nerve endings usually grow new connections, you need to repeat the treatment every three months.
5. Overactive Bladder
Botox can also be used to prevent uncontrollable muscle reactions to help with the symptoms of overactive bladder. When Botox is injected into the bladder, the muscles are relaxed which can help reduce stress inconsistence, decrease the pressure in the bladder and increase the bladder capacity. It’s a very good alternative when an anticholinergic medication can’t help.
Strabismus (also known as crossed eyes) can be treated with Botox. According to the America Academy of Ophthalmology, when Botox is injected directly into the eye muscle, it can relax the eyes and cause them to refocus. However, for the treatment to be effective, injections need to be done every 3 to 4 months.
My Ethos Spa
If you are suffering from any of the above conditions and you’re considering Botox injections, consult your doctor first. Botox is a prescription and must be administered by a trained professional.
Our skilled and certified team at Ethos Spa can advise you on the procedure and help determine if it best suits your needs and health.