7 Alternative Uses for Botox
Most people have heard of Botox and know it as a treatment
for wrinkles, but it actually has a number of other uses that are extremely effective. Botox has been approved to treat several medical conditions as well as being used for cosmetic enhancements.
has been proven to treat the following:
1. Chronic Migraines
In 2010, Botox was approved as a treatment for chronic migraines. This came as welcome news to thousands and thousands of migraine sufferers who have to deal with hours or even days of excruciating pain, nausea, light sensitivity, and other debilitating symptoms of chronic migraines
. They can even cause pain in the muscles of the scalp.
When Botox is injected in the back of the neck and the temples, the muscles relax and the pain is alleviated. For migraine pain that is located predominantly at the front of the head affecting forehead and facial muscles and resulting in pain, Botox injections to the Glabellar area (the area just above the nose and between the eyebrows) have also proven to be effective. This may be in part because sometimes a person frowns a lot without realizing they’re doing so, and it can result in a tension headache that develops into a migraine.
2. Crossed Eyes
Crossed eyes can be caused by a couple of different factors. The condition, formally known as Strabismus, can be caused by blunt trauma occurring near the eyes or by a childhood congenital episode. This condition can be surgically corrected, but Botox has also been proven to be effective in correcting it by relaxing the muscles in the eye area that may be causing the condition, at least to some degree.
3. Blepharospasms (eyelid spasms)
One of the ways Botox works is by causing temporary paralysis via the neurotoxin it contains, which interrupts the communication between muscles and nerves. This is extremely effective for conditions in which there is an issue with muscles working improperly. This was one of the first uses for Botox when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1989.
Blepharospasms cause a disruption in the body’s ability to communicate with the area of the brain that is responsible for eye movement, called the Basil Ganglia. This results in an uncontrollable twitch in the eyelid. It can also cause the eyelid to droop severely.
The neuromuscular junction is the area of the brain where the nerves send messages to the muscles. When Botox is introduced into this area it acts as a barrier to block the receptor and prevent access to the nerves. This serves to “paralyze” the muscles slightly, effectively eliminating the problem.
4. Spasmodic Dysphonia
This is a condition that affects the vocal cords. It is a neurological condition that is often mistaken for a speech impediment. It is characterized by strained, shaky, or horse sounds produced by the vocal cords. This is a result of the area of the vocal cords receiving abnormal brain signals, resulting in uncontrollable spasms.
Botox works to correct this condition by very slightly weakening the muscles of the vocal cords, relaxing them so that they are able to produce a smoother, more steady sound.
5. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Botox has been proven to be effective at controlling excessive sweating in the underarm area as well as the face, head, hands, feet, etc. Botox has been shown to reduce excessive sweating in these areas by almost 90%. Of course, a certain amount of sweating is necessary to keep the body’s temperature regulated. However, when sweat glands are over productive, it can be an embarrassing problem.
6. Hypersalivation (excessive drooling)
Ear, nose, and throat doctors are able to treat this condition by injecting Botox into the salivary glands. The Botox prevents the glands from overproducing saliva by paralyzing them slightly.
7. Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy is a condition that causes drooping on one side of the face. It is a type of paralysis of the facial nerves that is caused by the stimulation of a specific cranial nerve. This commonly occurs in diabetics, during pregnancy, or following the transmission of Lyme Disease or certain other viruses. Botox works on the facial muscles, relaxing them to make recovery from Bell’s Palsy possible.
Botox use for these or any other condition must always be recommended and safely overseen by a doctor or certified cosmetic professional. Regardless of the condition it is used for, Botox results usually last for approximately three to four months. Talk to your doctor or cosmetic professional about the use of Botox to meet your needs.