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Surprising Things You Didn't Know Botox Could Do

Surprising Things You Didn't Know Botox Could Do

Botox® is a very popular cosmetic injectable, with more than 4 million treatments performed annually in the United States. It’s known to erase fine lines and restore a more youthful appearance, but did you know that treating wrinkles isn’t the only thing Botox can do?

Botox is FDA-approved for a variety of other health issues, too. It offers a solution for conditions ranging from chronic migraine headaches to overactive bladder. In this blog, Oswald Mikell, MD, of Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, discusses some of the lesser-known uses for Botox. 

Botox is more than an anti-aging treatment

Botox injections contain very small amounts of purified botulinum toxin. This toxin works by temporarily paralyzing and relaxing the muscles it’s injected into.

When it’s used for anti-aging treatments, Botox can relax muscles responsible for crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. But, Botox’s ability to relax muscles can also be used to treat certain muscular and nervous system disorders, such as:

Eyelid spasms

Blepharospasm is a condition that causes eye muscle spasms. It’s often associated with dystonia, and symptoms include discomfort, excessive blinking, and other uncontrollable eyelid movements. Botox works to relax the muscles that cause the spasming.

Excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. You might have hyperhidrosis if you sweat so much that you soak through clothing, even when it isn’t hot. If prescription antiperspirants aren’t strong enough, Botox might be able to reduce excessive underarm sweating.

Migraine headaches

Chronic migraine is typically diagnosed in people who experience at least 15 headache days a month, with at least eight of them causing migraine symptoms. Botox is one of the most-recommended chronic migraine treatments, and it can eliminate an average of 8-9 migraine days each month.

Temporomandibular joint disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is the label given to a group of jaw conditions that can make eating and talking painful. It includes conditions like bruxism and teeth grinding, and it often causes jaw tension, stiffness, and headaches. If you’ve tried other treatments without relief, Botox injections could relax your jaw muscles and reduce your symptoms.

Overactive bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is characterized by sudden, strong urges to urinate as well as involuntary urine leakage if you don’t make it to the toilet fast enough. Botox can treat OAB and its symptoms, particularly if you’ve tried other treatment methods and have not gotten results.

Your Botox consultation

Are you bothered by headaches, head and neck pain, excessive sweating, or something else? Botox injections could offer much-needed relief.

Dr. Mikell and our team are trained in administering Botox, and we can help you decide if this treatment is right for you. We review your medical history and symptoms, then we recommend next steps. 

If you choose Botox, the injections take just a few minutes in the office. There’s no downtime, and you should begin to notice results within a few days of your treatment.

To learn more about Botox treatments and what they might be able to do for you, book an appointment over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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