Many people think of Botox as a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
But Botox has many other beneficial uses as well, some that may surprise you. From migraines to sweaty hands, there are many interesting uses for Botox.
Botox derives from a deadly toxin called Botulinum toxin. The drug is used to paralyze overactive muscles and inhibit sweat glands. The FDA has approved Botox for use with 9 different medical conditions as well as several cosmetic conditions. The company that owns Botox, Allergan, has over 800 patents for potential uses for the drug in the future. Botox was approved for use over 30 years ago by the FDA, and now over one half of its revenue comes from therapeutic uses such as migraines, back pain, and sweating. Here are some of the more common uses for Botox.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the face to prevent the nerves from telling your face muscles to contract. By not moving your skin as much with muscle contractions, the skin is not as likely to wrinkle. This helps with the prevention of new lines as well. Botox is used to treat lines around the eyes, nose, mouth, forehead, lips and jowls. Ask your Denton Botox consultant about how Botox treatments can help you with wrinkles or fine lines.
When Botox was first being used for the treatment and prevention of wrinkles on the face, patients began to notice a reduction in headaches as a side-effect. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines. This has provided great relief to migraine sufferers who were desperate for something to work. The treatment includes many shots to the face, neck, shoulders and head.
Overactive sweating can be very bothersome and embarrassing for people. Botox as a treatment for sweating can be a alternative to other treatments that just aren’t working. Botox works by inhibiting the sweat glands, either in the armpits, hands, soles of the feet, and even the scalp. Botox has been found to be a very effective treatment for overactive sweating. Always consult a board-certified Botox filler in Denton, TX when considering Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Studies have shown that Botox is a very effective treatment for overactive bladder. Botox helps reduce urinary incontinence, reduces the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom, and reduces the frequency in which patients need to go to the bathroom.
Eye Spasms and Twitching
The first use for Botox was approved by the FDA in 1989 was for the treatment of eye muscles problems and abnormal eyelid spasms. The treatment works to calm the overactive muscles in the eye.
Botox has been shown to be effective with TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, which affects the joint in the jaw. Botox works by dealing with the issues of the jaw and the muscles that control it, which relieves the pain caused by clenching and grinding the teeth and jaw.
Botox uses have evolved greatly ever since it was first approved for medical treatment over 30 years ago. When considering Botox, always make sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. If you would like to discuss how Botox may be helpful for you, contact your board-certified Denton dermatologist at Precision Dermatology today.