Botox NYC: It’s Not Just for Treating Wrinkles
Botox, the miracle, anti-aging injection does more than reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You may be surprised at Botox’s other uses.
What is Botox
The Botulinum Toxin, or Botox, is a neuro-toxin that temporally paralyzes nerve signals that trigger the muscle contraction that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Botox’s ability to relax tensed muscles and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles has distinguished Botox in the skincare industry as a miraculous anti-aging treatment. Beyond reversing the signs of aging, Botox can also diminish the appearance of scars, restore facial symmetry, and treat droopy eyelids.*
But this is not all Botox can do. Consider some of the other popular uses:
Botox for treating excessive sweating
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that effects nearly 8 million Americans, the majority of which experience excessive sweating in the armpit area. Other common areas affected by Hyperhidrosis include the hands, feet, and face.
Botox is FDA approved to treat excessive sweating. Injected into affected areas, Botox temporary blocking the sweat glands responsible for perspiration.
Botox treatments for excessive sweating become more effective with each treatment and results can typically last for 9 months.
Botox for Treating Teeth Grinding
Jaw clenching or teeth grinding, medically known as “bruxism” is a condition that affects up to 30% of the general population, according to some reports. Bruxism can cause both minor symptoms as well as severe symptoms such as headaches, dental damage, aching muscles, and hypersensitive teeth.
One popular off label use of Botox is for the treatment of bruxism. When injected into the masticatory muscles, Botox can relax the muscles associated with Bruxism, just enough to lessen the jaw muscle’s ability to clench or grind, while maintaining its ability to speak, smile, eat, and talk normally. Initial studies have shown this to reduce dental damage and facial pain caused by bruxism.
Botox treatments for Bruxism usually remain effective for 3 to 6 months.
Botox for Treating Over-Active Bladder or Incontinence
20% of women over the age of 40 deal with an overactive bladder, leading to the frequent urge or need to urinate, being awoken during sleep to urinate, or incontinence.
Botox is an off label treatment for overactive bladder or incontinence caused by spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. Botox is most commonly used to treat over active bladder or incontinence when traditional treatments have not proven themselves to be effective.
Botox improves overactive bladders by relaxing the muscles in the bladder, allowing more urine to be stored.
Urinary relief with Botox injections can last between 6 to 9 months.
Botox for Treating Migraines
Beyond Botox’s numerous anti-aging capabilities, the Botulinum Toxin is also FDA approved for the treatment of headaches. Numerous studies have shown that adults suffering from chronic migraines may experience a decrease in headaches when undergoing a scheduled routine of Botox injections.
When using Botox to treat migraines, multiple doses are injected at particular spots on the head, neck, and back. Besides being a preventive measure, these injections can alleviate some of the adverse symptoms of a migraines, such as nausea, and sensitivity to certain light, sounds, and smells.
The mechanism of action that allows Botox to reduce the occurrence of migraines has not been specifically identified. One theory suggest that Botox may interact with the chemicals associated with migraines that cause the intense pain during a migraine. Another possibility is that Botox relaxes the muscles that can lead to a headache when those muscle become too tense.
Botox injections remain efficacious in the treatment of migraines for about 3 months.
Botox NYC for treating adult acne
Botox is also believed to help treat adult acne by decreasing oil production and decreasing large pores. Instead of injecting Botox into the muscle, when treating acne, an intradermal botulinum toxin is injected into the skin.
Theoretically these Botox injections block the chemical that triggers sebum production (the natural oil produced by the skin that can lead to acne breakouts.) Botox injections for treating adult acne also paralyze the tiny muscles that encircle pores and cause them to enlarge.
Other Off-Label Uses of Botox
These are only a few examples of the many off-label uses of Botox. Currently, there are more than 70 innovative medical procedures that treat a wide array of conditions using Botox, some of these conditions include:
- Muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.
- Muscle pain associated with tennis elbow and back pain (especially lower back pain.)
- Bell’s palsy
- Squint, also known as strabismus, or cross eyes.
- Involuntary muscle contractions, ticks, twitching or tremors including eye twitching, essential tremors, voice abnormalities caused by tremors of the vocal cords, hand tremors, muscle spasticity and Esophageal spasms.
- Drooling (such as associated with Parkinson’s disease)
- And even anal fissures.
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