The first thing that comes to people’s mind when a close friend or a relative says ‘Botox injections’ is the most popular ‘anti-aging’ treatment for wrinkles. While this is technically correct, here are a couple of other uses for Botox that are also worthy of recognition, some of which serve as a treatment for more serious conditions than wrinkles.
- Chronic migraine During sessions, your doctor will inject Botox in different areas: in your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the back of your head, and on your upper back. This is expected to help in lessening the intensity of migraine symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, and vomiting.
- Crossed eye or strabismus The movement of our eyes is controlled by six small muscles that either contract or relax in coordination with each other. People who suffer from crossed eye usually have either a strong muscle or a weak one, causing an imbalance. Botox corrects this by relaxing the strong muscle and therefore allowing the weak muscles to recover fully.
- Hyperhidrosis This is also known as excessive sweating. It occurs on the palms, soles of the feet, and most notably on the underarms. Botox is known to be an effective treatment for underarm hyperhidrosis that guarantees dry armpits for 10-14 months. This works by targeting the sweat glands and stops them from being overactive.
- Bruxism or teeth grinding Until this modern day and age, the solution to teeth-grinding has just been a rather simple one, a mouth guard, which is uncomfortable to some patients that it renders them unable to sleep. Botox treatments target the muscles in the face that clench too tightly when sleeping, relaxing them, and therefore preventing teeth-grinding.
- Urinary incontinence Botox also serves as a treatment for patients suffering from an overactive bladder. To treat urinary incontinence, the Botox is introduced to the wall of the bladder and relaxes it. Patients have reported a significant decrease in the frequency of passing urine from 6 times a day to around once or twice a day.
Before you run off to your doctor for a Botox, remember that this is a temporary treatment. Depending on the dosage, the effects usually wear off after a couple of months. Your best bet in getting the most out of your Botox injections is by talking to your doctor and understanding every part of this treatment.