Is Botox Used Just for Wrinkles?

botox-frownlines-300x1991Botox has been around for quite some time, and many people use Botox to counter wrinkles. But what else can Botox do?

Botox can be used for a number of things, including:

  • Cosmetic Appearance
  • Upper Motor Neuron System
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Excessive Sweating

 

 

Cosmetic Appearance

 

Botox has been FDA approved to help decrease wrinkles, and has been a safe and effective cosmetic treatment option. With new technologies on the way, Botox is only get better.

 

 

Upper Motor Neuron System

 

Botox treatment has been used for treatment of cerebral palsy and other conditions affecting the upper motor neuron system. As recent as 2014, the UK has approved the use of Botox as treatment, while incorporating physical exercise. The results have been positive.

 

 

Chronic Migraines

 

For many, migraines can be a result of stress, but sometimes special treatment is necessary. Botox has been used for treatment of severe migraines since the FDA approved it in 2010. The condition is treated through injections, and the results have shown overall improvement of symptoms.

 

 

Cervical Dystonia

 

Botox has been used to provide temporary relief to people who may suffer cervical dystonia. This option has been FDA approved since 2000.

 

 

Excessive Sweating

 

While some sweating is normal, excessive sweating can be embarrassing. Botox has been used to help counter the effects of excessive sweating. The causes for excessive sweating are unknown, but Botox can help symptoms.

 

Further Research and Side Effects

 

As you can see, Botox has certainly shown positive effects in different conditions. Research is looking at the possibility that Botox can help the following symptoms:

 

  • Blepharospasm (excessive blinking)
  • Strabismus (squints)
  • Achalasia (failure of the lower oesophageal sphincter to relax)

 

Talk to your doctor about the possibility of Botox for your symptoms. Keep in mind the following side effects:

 

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Potential Allergic Reactions
  • Flu-like syndromes

 

If you are pregnant, it is strongly advised you avoid Botox.

 

There is still a lot of research that needs to be done, but the breakthroughs are promising.

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