What Medical Conditions Can Botox Treat?

Botox injections are primarily known for their ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, they can also be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, lazy eye, and chronic migraines. Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyzes muscles. In small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions. The first time Botox was used for medical purposes was in 1981 to treat people with cross-eyed eyes, according to the e-book Plastic Surgery by Lana Thompson.

The Food and Drug Administration officially approved the use of Botox for this condition. Injecting Botox into the muscles that control eye movement reduces the appearance of squinting eyes. Botox injections have been a treatment for this visual problem since the 1970s. Botox can also be used to correct strabismus, which is when both eyes do not turn towards the same direction in which the person is looking. In very small doses, Botox for strabismus is safe even in children.

Researchers have also found that Botox reduces the frequency of chronic migraines. Patients reported fewer days off work due to their debilitating headaches, with more than half saying they saw a 50% reduction in their headaches and another 29% seeing a 75% reduction. Botox has also been found to help reduce oil production and pore size in people with acne. In one study, 20 patients with acne received a single dose of Botox and saw improvements in 85% of them. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure in the entire country. For static wrinkles, often caused by sun damage or smoking, Botox can often be used in combination with fillers to lift and soften the skin for better results.

Cleveland Clinic doctors who offer Botox injections for painful sex say some women may need shots every six months, while others only need them every two years. Health professionals also use Botox to treat a variety of medical conditions, most of which affect the neuromuscular system. Botox can be used to treat hypersalivation by injecting it into the salivary glands. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating and migraine headaches. Botox has also been found to help people with spasmodic dysphonia, which disrupts a person's ability to communicate. Young said the condition “responds well to Botox treatments and can change people's lives”.When considering Botox for any reason, it is essential to ensure that the provider is a qualified professional with the appropriate training.

If you have questions about the additional cosmetic uses of Botox and whether or not your specific aesthetic needs can be met with Botox injections, contact Bridgetown Aesthetics for a free consultation.