Benefits of Botox

Cosmetic-1It’s no secret that when it comes to wrinkles, Botox gets the job done. At some point, we’ve all likely seen someone who’s received Botox injections — unflattering lines and wrinkles seem to just vanish after undergoing the non-surgical procedure. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that Botox can do a lot more for your general wellbeing than just increasing your facial attractiveness. Case in point, following are four ways that Botox can improve your skin quality and your quality of life in general.

Migraine Mitigation

After some patients received Botox injections, they reported experiencing fewer migraines. Lo and behold: Studies later confirmed that the drug reduced migraine pains, and the procedure eventually became approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat migraines. The reason Botox can sometimes reduce migraines is because when it’s injected into the forehead, neck and shoulder, chemicals release tension in the muscles, relieving overall stress on the nervous system — dramatically lessening the pain of migraines, in some cases.

skin peelSweat Reduction

For the extra sweaty among us, Botox may be of some help. In fact, Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (the clinical term for excessive sweating). And according to the Botox website, facial injections are effective for reducing sweat because they stop the production of sweat by inhibiting the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands.

Easing an Overactive Bladder

As we learn more and more about Botox, the drug is increasingly being used to treat patients with an overactive bladder, according to the National Institutes of Health. The idea here (which has been proved to work in some cases) is that when Botox is injected into the bladder, it allows the bladder to increase in capacity. According to one recent study, this effect may last several months, depending on the amount used.  The injection is also effective in patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, since their conditions typically leave them with bladder problems.

Eye, Eye, Captain!It’s also a little-known fact that the FDA has approved Botox to treat strabismus (the clinical term for lazy eye) and blepharospasms (the clinical term for eyelid twitching.) And it’s easy enough to understand why, because the drug works the same way for the eyes as it does for muscles: In small doses, Botox works to temporarily paralyze your eye muscles. However, it’s worth noting that the treatment can last several months and may even cause a permanent change in eye alignment.

beauty-2Rejuvenating Joints and Other Treatments

In recent years, several promising studies have shown that Botox can be effective in reducing arthritis pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. What’s more, according to the Dystonia Foundation, Botox’s manufacturer, Allergen, offers financial assistance programs to patients suffering from dystonia, a neurological muscle disorder that causes painful and uncontrollable spasms. Also, as a result of conditions like pelvic floor muscle and connective tissue abnormalities, some women experience pain during sex; but according to Dr. Deborah Coady, a board-certified obstetrician-oncologist, by injecting Botox around the perinatal area and in the pelvic floor, the drug can be effective at relaxing those muscles, relieving women of that pain.

Dr. Gregory Croll is a plastic surgeon who specializes in Botox in the Columbia, MO, area.