Not just for wrinkles anymore
Most people just think of BOTOX as a wrinkle treatment — which of course it is. Injections into the facial muscles can temporarily diminish frown lines on the forehead and wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. But it has other uses too. It has been used for several years as a treatment for upper limb spasticity, and the FDA recently approved it as a treatment for lower limb spasticity. Some have used it to correct squints, and for treating strabismus (misaligned eyes) and overactive bladder. It is being researched as a treatment for cerebral palsy. Here are some other uses for it:
- Long-lasting migraine headaches can hurt not only your ability to do your job, but your whole quality of life. If you suffer from such headaches, you may want to ask your doctor about BOTOX, which is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. Note: the FDA defines a case of chronic migraine as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more, and has not approved the use of BOTOX to treat less frequent headaches.
- Injections of a weaker form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce excessive sweating. BOTOX does this by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Results should be noticeable within a week of taking BOTOX. The effect lasts at least four to six months — longer in some cases. It has not yet been approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may work in these cases.
It is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure. The injection itself takes about 10 minutes. You may feel a pinch, but you should be able to return to work immediately afterwards. If you are taking BOTOX for facial wrinkles, you should begin to see results within 24 to 48 hours.
The quality of the results will depend on the skill and experience of the doctor administering the BOTOX. Do not use cosmetic procedures that are low-cost or offered at a discount. Used excessively or improperly, BOTOX, like any other treatment, is capable of making things worse instead of better.
A BOTOX provider in Matthews, NC
One place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with this treatment and will make a point of understanding what your goals are so as to develop the right treatment plan for you. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of it, make an appointment today.