Surprising Uses for Botox Injections
No one likes wrinkles, as they give off the first clues that someone is aging. Wrinkles can be divided into two functional categories, fine lines caused by the sun and deep furrows caused by muscle contractions. Botox injections are known as the "must have" wrinkle treatment, and this procedure has proven to be especially successful in the treatment of crows feet, frown lines, and furrowed brows. But this injectable is actually a jack of all trades in the medical field, with a number of secondary applications. Here are some surprising uses for Botox.
Wrinkles of the face (forehead, eyes and around mouth)
This muscle relaxant is useful for certain types of wrinkles and is most commonly used to treat the lines between the brows, crows feet and forehead lines, but Botox can also be used to treat fine lines around the mouth and downturned corners of the mouth that look like a constant frown.
Bunny lines (horizontal lines across the upper part of the nose) and a "gummy smile" are also easily treated with Botox injections!
Overactive bladder This muscle relaxant is useful for certain types of urinary incontinence issues as well as fighting wrinkles because it eases the amount of contractions the bladder makes. The contractions lead to the constant urge to urinate, but injecting Botox right into the bladder muscle can help to prevent this uncomfortable sensation. Plus, you may only need one shot per year. Ask a bladder specialist if you may be a candidate. Psoriasis This flaky, painful skin condition is a cause for embarrassment for many patients. Botox may help to minimize the activity of the inflammatory cells that can cause these painful outbreaks. A dermatologist would be a good place to start with questions about this treatment option. Depression Doctors have found that Botox injected into the forehead can be relatively helpful for treating depression, too. Botox will interrupt feedback from the facial muscles to the brain. Because these connections have been related to the development of negative emotions, they may be able to reduce depressive thoughts. So if you are looking for a different treatment than typical antidepressants, Botox may work for you. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor about what treatment is right for you. Excessive sweating Do you find yourself sweating even when it isn't that hot outside? Botox injected underneath the arms has been proven successful in keeping the sweat at bay for at least two years, so you'll be dry all year long. This condition is called hyperhidrosis and is treated by most dermatologists. Chronic migraines The FDA has approved the use of Botox for treating migraines because this filler paralyzes the muscles that cause tension headaches. It is approved for those who have more than 15 migraines a month, and you can expect a couple shots around the neck and temples every 12 weeks or so. Plus, your face will be void of all wrinkles! Many neurologists are now offering this treatment in their offices. Teeth grinding Teeth grinding leads to extreme pain and tooth damage. Botox can be used to help calm the jaw muscle from clenching or grinding during the night, leaving those pearly whites to shine! As always, consult with your medical professional about each of these treatments, because each patient has different medical needs. If you think Botox cosmetic injections could be for you, come on in to experience what this injectable could do for you!