While Botox, a toxin made from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, is typically thought of as a cosmetic treatment due to its popular use of reducing wrinkles and fine lines of the skin, it actually serves a wide variety of purposes. Here are four medical benefits of Botox:
1. Relieves Chronic Migraines
Migraines can be severe, causing intense pain that can last for hours and even days. Botox treatments can help reduce that pain, as well as other symptoms that accompany migraines. By injecting Botox around certain pain fibers involved with headaches, chemicals are released into nerve endings which prevent the activation of pain in the networks of your brain.
2. Reduces Eye Spasms
When it comes to eye spasms, women are affected 3-4 times more often than men. Involuntary eye spasms can cause irritation and discomfort, leaving you with dry or over-watering eyes, soreness, and more. Because it is a muscle-relaxing substance, when Botox is injected into muscles above and below your eyes, it blocks the communication between nerves and those muscles that tell them to contract, significantly reducing the spasms.
3. Treats Bladder Spasms
Bladder Spasms, also referred to as “overactive bladder”, “detrusor overactivity”, and “neurogenic bladder”, often occur in women as they age. Botox has been a common treatment method for urinary incontinence for years. When injected into the muscle of the bladder, this well-tolerated treatment decreases the bladder’s ability to contract, relaxing the muscles and allowing you to go throughout your day without worry.
4. Stops Excessive Sweating
Sweat is your body’s way of regulating its temperature depending on both internal and external factors such as weather, exercise, stress, and nervousness. For some people however, excessive sweating (also known as primary hyperhidrosis) is experienced independently from those factors. Not only does excessive sweating pose as an inconvenience and discomfort, it can also lead to more serious problems like skin infections. That's why, due to its paralytic nature, Botox has become a popular solution to this problem. When injected, it blocks the neurotransmitters that stimulate the body’s sweat glands, slowing the production of sweat.
If you experience any of the above, you may want to consider the option of Botox treatment. Call today to speak with our specialists and find out if Botox is right for you.