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BOTOX treats wrinkles, and does much more

The best-known use of BOTOX is, of course, to remove wrinkles. Injections of a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum deactivate and relax the facial muscles, temporarily diminishing wrinkles caused by overuse of these muscles, such as frown lines, laugh lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

But it has other uses too. In the 1980s, doctors began looking into applications of botulinum toxin for such conditions as neck spasms, crossed eyes and abnormal blinking. In fact, it was while researching these that they discovered its tendency to reduce wrinkles. Today, BOTOX is used to treat migraine headaches and excessive sweating.

BOTOX for headaches

If you suffer from long-lasting migraine headaches, ask your doctor about it, which is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In medical tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. It should be noted that the FDA defines a case of chronic migraine as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more. The FDA has not approved the use of it to treat headaches that strike less often and do not last as long.

BOTOX to reduce sweating

Injections of a weaker form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce excessive sweating. It does this by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Results should be noticeable within a week of taking it. The effect lasts for at least four to six months, and longer in some cases. It has yet to be approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may be effective in other cases.

it is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure, because the actual injection takes roughly 10 minutes and it should be possible for you to go about your day as normal immediately afterwards. You may feel a pinch, but that will be the limit of the pain. If you are taking BOTOX for wrinkles, you should begin to see results within one to two days. The quality of the results will depend on the skill and experience of the doctor administering the BOTOX. Avoid cosmetic procedures that are cheap or offered at a discount.

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 has a lot of experience at working with it 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 BOTOX, make an appointment today.

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