There are many other medical uses for Botox than just a wrinkle treatment, read to learn more.
These days, Botox is synonymous with movie stars and aging gracefully. We have all heard of it. Many of us swear by it. There is no doubt that it is an effective and inexpensive way to take 10 years off your face. But there are many other medical uses for Botox that most people aren’t even aware of. Read on to learn about these other medical uses of Botox.
- Migraines. Botox has been an effective treatment option to help prevent migraines. It is considered by many physicians if other treatments are ineffective or cause adverse side effects.
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox has been used to treat individuals with hyperhidrosis. It works by stopping signals from the brain to the sweat glands. It has been commonly injected in areas such as palms, soles of the feet and armpits.
- Incontinence. Incontinence affects roughly 20% of the population. It is more common with women over 40 and those who have given birth. A 2012 study in the European journal Urology found that injecting botox into the outer wall of the bladder can halt this often embarrassing condition.
- Tendinitis. Recent research has shown people with tendinitis (tennis elbow) have experienced reduced pain and inflammation. When injections are given in the affected area, people have found relief from pain without the negative effects on the liver commonly found with anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy is a nerve condition that causes one side of a person’s face to droop. Botox injections can help to reduce the effects of drooping by relaxing muscles, reducing muscle spasms and twitching.
- Strabismus. Strabismus is a vision disorder that causes the eyes to become crossed. People with this disorder are unable to focus on an object with both eyes in the same direction. Injecting one of the eye muscles with Botox weakens the muscle. This helps the eyes realign themselves temporarily correcting the condition.
- Eye twitching. This is a repetitive muscle spasm of the eye with uncontrolled blinking. Doctors can inject Botox into the eyelid, stopping these spasms almost completely for several months.
- Essential tremor. Essential tremor is a type of nerve disorder that causes uncontrollable tremors (shaking) of certain parts of the body. Botox has been used to treat these tremors effectively in many patients.
Whether it is used for a wrinkle treatment, or any other medical uses, it is important to know that the treatment is only temporary. Botox is active and effective in the body for approximately 3 to 6 months. Repeat injections are necessary to continue to get the desired result for any of these treatments. Make sure you always go to a reputable doctor for any Botox injections. Dr. Alicia Abeyta offers safe and effective injections for fighting wrinkles or any other medical uses of Botox. Call to schedule your appointment today!