Though it’s best known for smoothing wrinkles in the foreheads of celebs, Botox has repeatedly surprised the medical community for its apparent endless use of medical applications.
Botox has become a staple of cosmetic enhancement, but today, more than half of its revenue comes from its therapeutic uses for conditions.
What are migraines?
A migraine is a type of headache where the person often has an intense throbbing headache and additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or increased sensitivity to bright light, noise or smell.
Migraines are thought to be caused by changes in the chemicals of the brain, in particular serotonin. Serotonin levels are believed to decrease during a migraine, which can cause the blood vessels in the brain to spasm and then dilate, causing the headache. Although some acute migraines are usually treated using painkillers and anti-sickness medications this may not help others.
How can Botox help with migraines?
Botox works by paralysing the nerve supply to muscles, thereby restricting their movement. The reasons why Botox might aid migraines are not clear, but several theories have been put forward. At various points it has been suggested that:
- Botox might relax muscles around the head and thereby reduce blood pressure within the brain
- Botox might reduce the nerves’ ability to send pain signals during a migraine
- Botox might prevent the nerves from sending signals that will lead to a migraine
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively. There are no guidelines to determine what “normal” sweating is, but if you feel you sweat too much and your sweating has started to interfere with your everyday daily life, you may have hyperhidrosis. The sweating may affect the whole of their body, or it may only affect only certain areas. Frequently affected areas include the:
- palms of your hands
- soles of your feet
- face and chest
The sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. It can also have a negative impact on your quality of life and may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
How can Botox help with excessive sweating?
Research reveals that treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet, head and face (and other relatively small body areas) is safe and effective. When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating.
Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months.
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep. This is turn can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems from bruxism include loss of tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, and flattening of the teeth. Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw.
How can Botox help with Bruxism?
By injecting small doses of Botox directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by Botox.
Although Botox is not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients. For treating bruxism, the treatment typically lasts for three to four months.
If you’re researching treatments for any of the following conditions, Botox may be one to investigate. However, Botox is a prescription drug and so it must be administered by a trained medical professional (not backstreet barbers or mobile beauticians). Please ensure you choose who injects you wisely.
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