Botox for Medical Reasons
January 13, 2021
If you’re a fan of ours you’ve probably heard us rave about the miracle that is Botox. And more than likely, you’ve experienced it for yourself. It’s an amazing treatment for fine lines and wrinkles and as a result, it has irrevocably changed the beauty industry since it came to market 20 years ago. But the miracle that is Botulinum-Toxin (the neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, from which Botox/Dysport/Xeomin etc. are made) is not only good at treating fine lines and wrinkles.
It also has a wide range of medical uses that are really life changing for the people affected by them. Many of these treatments are also performed here at MD Beauty Clinic and The Plastic Surgery Clinic. If you think you may benefit from the myriad therapeutic/medical uses of Botox, just get in touch. We’d be happy to consult with you.
Botox for Chronic Migraines
One of the wonder drug’s little known indications is as a treatment for chronic migraines. In the U.S., over half a million people are treated with Botox for migraines each year. Treating your migraines with Botox can help avoid migraine onset before they even start.
Most individuals require 155 units divided across several areas in your head and neck to achieve the best result. However, your provider will consult with you for the best treatment option. It will take about 10-14 days for you to start feeling a result from your botox for migraines treatment. We recommend you repeat treatment every 12 weeks however as you continue to treat for migraines over time, you may not need to come in as frequently. Each treatment takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis / Excessive Sweating
For some individuals, normal anti-perspirants or deodorants do not stand up against the amount of sweat they produce. Excessive sweating affects many individuals and in these cases, we can treat the underarms, hands, feet, head and face with Botox. It works by temporarily blocking the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for activating your body’s sweat glands.
You’ll start to notice results within 2-4 days of treatment and results last between 4 and 12 months. Some patients come to us concerned that if they treat specific areas with botox for sweating then they will experience “compensatory sweating” in other areas of the body. Studies have not shown this to be true and this is supported via anecdotal evidence in our practice.
Botox for Bell’s Palsy
Patients suffering from facial palsy, which is the weakening or paralysis of the facial muscles due to any number of known causes including Bell’s palsy or trauma sustained to the facial nerves, often find that the muscles on the normal side of their face over contract. This may result in challenges eating, drinking, normal speech articulation as well as a pronounced disparity in facial features. We can use Botox to treat and soften the muscle movement in the unaffected area, creating more symmetry and helping to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Botox for TMJ and Jaw Tension
TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, and it is the point where your jawbone meets skull. For some people, the TMJ can become sensitized either due to overuse, grinding or clenching, and this can cause pain, discomfort and even headaches. By injecting botox into the TMJ, we relax the muscles in this area, lessening the tension that causes pain. Many patients also notice an improvement in their sleep, as they aren’t grinding and clenching throughout the night. We typically re-treat every 3-4 months, however most patients notice that they need to come in less regularly as they continue to treat over time. This is because your muscles begin to weaken naturally.
In addition to the above indications, Botox is also indicated for spacity in both children and adults, as well as bladder dysfunction, muscle spasms in the eyes and strabismus, a condition wherein the eyes do not properly align with each other when looking at an object. Botox sometimes gets a bad reputation for those who aren’t already fans of it. But it is truly a wonder drug with wide ranging indications for both adults and children, helping to improve lives in non-cosmetic, as well as cosmetic ways.
If you think any of these indications are right for you, feel free to reach out to us for a complimentary consultation.