When you hear the term “Botox,” you probably envision middle-aged men and women being injected with needles to minimize their wrinkles. While it does offer incredible cosmetic results, its power goes much deeper than your skin. Here are some of the top non-cosmetic ways this treatment can improve your life.
Combat Excessive Sweating
Do you have a hard time keeping your armpits dry, no matter how much antiperspirant you use? If so, Botox may be the surprising solution to your problem. It treats hyperhidrosis (the medical term for excessive sweating) by preventing the sweat-stimulating neurotransmitter from delivering its message to keep producing sweat.
The Food and Drug Administration approved treating hyperhidrosis with Botox back in 2004. When you receive the treatment, you are given several injections in your armpits. Although it sounds painful, the results can be liberating and may last up to eight months.
Botox injections can reduce pimple breakouts by reducing the body’s oil production. Many people find that small, strategically placed injections are sufficient to manage their symptoms. Others may require a much greater amount to experience a noticeable reduction in acne. It’s also important to note that these injections have been shown to have a positive effect on post-acne scarring and other types of scarring.
One of the experimental non-cosmetic uses for Botox is migraine prevention. It isn’t fully understood how the treatment helps minimize migraines, but experts think it does so by relaxing the head muscles. When the muscles are more relaxed, they’re generally not as sensitive to pain.
Treat Overactive Bladder
It may surprise you to discover that Botox is used to treat overactive bladder. Since this common condition occurs in part because of overactive muscles, certain properties make it a good treatment option. It mildly paralyzes the muscles that cause excessive urination frequency. Some people may experience minor cramping sensations in response to such bladder treatments, which are described as being similar to period cramps.
Combat Facial Twitching
Facial twitches can be irritating and distracting. While many people experience them randomly and for only short periods of time, others have chronic facial twitching issues. For these people, these injections are often an effective treatment. Botox can relax the muscles so they no longer twitch abnormally. Your doctor will let you know how many injections are recommended and how frequently you need to receive them for optimum results.
Relax Symptoms of TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of your face, right between the ear and the jaw. The muscles surrounding these joints help you move your jaw to speak and eat. It’s not uncommon for those muscles to become tense and overworked. When this happens, it can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular disorder. Botox can be used to treat this condition by relieving jaw tension and helping the muscles relax.
Find Out How Botox Can Help You
Whether you’re interested in the cosmetic or non-cosmetic benefits of Botox, Windsor Dermatology can help. Schedule your appointment with the reputable cosmetic services provider by calling them during business hours or filling out our online form.