Botox is more than just skin deep. Before it became known as a way of getting a more youthful appearance, botulinum toxin has been used for a variety of medical uses. More than a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections have been known to treat a number of neuromuscular conditions. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medical and cosmetic uses and is one of the most studied drugs in the world. Botox is known to treat the following conditions:
Chronic Migraine – Adults suffering with chronic migraine experience debilitating pain occurring at least two weeks in a month and lasts longer than 4 hours each day. Various studies have shown that Botox injections in key places in the neck and head are effective in dulling and preventing migraines. The effects can last for up to three months depending on the individual.
Cervical dystonia – Also called spasmodic torticollis s the excessive pulling of the neck and shoulder muscles causing the head to tilt or turn involuntarily. It is often accompanied with tremors and jerky movements. Having cervical dystonia makes it very difficult to do even the simplest of tasks. Botox injections relaxes and quiets the overactive muscles.
Eye Muscle Disorders – Involuntary eye twitching, uncontrolled blinking and crossed eyes are just some of the eye muscle disorders that are treated with Botox. By paralyzing and relaxing the eye muscles, it alleviates the disorder.
Sever Underarm Sweating – When topical medicines are no longer effective at controlling excessive underarm sweating or hyperhidrosis, Botox proves to be an effective treatment for many adults.
Urinary incontinence – Adults suffering from overactive bladder and uncontrollable need to urinate with wetting accidents can greatly benefit from Botox injections when anticholinergic medication do not work or can’t be tolerated. Incontinence can be a result of a variety of nerve disorders, multiple sclerosis or a spinal injury.
Botox is used to treat many other muscle and nerve conditions and new uses are being discovered every day. It has been proven safe and effective for use in medical and cosmetic dermatology, what is important is to receive the right dosage from a certified and licensed doctor.