Inside the world of medical Botox
The word “Botox” immediately brings to mind anti-ageing – wrinkle-free, youthful faces. Botox is a well-known, popular and effective treatment for smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles.
But Botox is so much more than just a staple aesthetics treatment for unwanted wrinkles. From excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) to chronic migraine headaches, Botox injections offer relief from a variety of medical conditions. Just not many people know it yet. Or if they do, they haven’t told you about it.
All over the world sufferers of conditions like migraines are turning to Botox to help ease and treat their symptoms, ultimately, improving their quality of life.
Here are 5 uses for Botox that you may not know:
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating that isn’t necessarily related to heat and/or over-exertion. This can be an embarrassing and debilitating condition, with sufferers often experiencing societal anxiety and depression. Whilst it is most commonly associated with the armpit area, it can also affect other parts of the body such as the hands, chest and face. Botox is an effective treatment for focal hyperhidrosis. By blocking the nerve signals responsible for sweating in the problem area, Botox stops the eccrine glands from producing sweat.
We are proud to offer Botox for Hyperhidrosis at Natasha Lucy Clinics.
Involuntary drooling is another condition that can cause extreme embarrassment. Known as hypersalivation, Botox has proven to be an effective treatment. Injections are administered into the salivary glands, paralyzing the nerves and stopping them from over-producing saliva. Usually performed in a doctor’s surgery using ultrasound imaging, the effects of Botox to treat hypersalivation can last for up to 6 months.
In recent years, Botox was found to be an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic migraines. Also available on the NHS, doctors suggest that Botox injections work to reduce the severity and frequency of chronic migraine attacks by blocking chemicals that carry pain signals from within the brain. Chronic migraines are defined as someone having 3 months of at least 15 days of headaches a month, with migraine symptoms such as nausea and light sensitivity.
Botox for Migraines is now available at Natasha Lucy Clinics
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Unconscious teeth clenching and grinding while either awake or asleep can cause a multitude of problems. From headache and migraines to earaches and facial pains, tooth loss and sensitivity, Bruxism is a rather unpleasant habit. Botox might not be the first thing that springs to mind here, but when injected directly into the large muscle that moves the jaw (the masseter muscle), the muscle is weakened to an extent that stops involuntary grinding of the teeth whilst remaining strong enough to support voluntary movements such as chewing and facial expressions.
Eyelid Spasms (blepharospasms)
Eye spasms can be an uncomfortable and disconcerting problem. People with blepharospasms lose control of their ability to communicate with the part of the brain that controls eye movements, resulting in uncontrolled spasms, twitches and droopy eyelids. The neurotoxin in Botox blocks how nerves communicate with muscles, it acts as a blocker to stop these consequential muscle movements.
So, there you have it, Botox is so much more than a pretty face, its effects are wide-reaching and although effects will vary from person to person, medical use of Botox is becoming more and more common. Botox for medical, as with cosmetic purposes is a temporary solution but can assist in treating common conditions that impair daily lives.