Posted on 08 Oct 2015
BOTOX™ isn’t just for freezing pesky wrinkles. The powerful neurotoxin, which paralyzes muscles, is widely known in the world of anti-aging, but that’s not the only thing it’s used for.
Botox is a purified neurotoxin that works by paralyzing muscles. Wrinkles form due to hyperactive/repetitive facial muscles. Over time, these wrinkles become deeper as the muscles continue to distort the overlying skin in a certain pattern. By administering Botox, the offending muscles are weakened/paralyzed, and the overlying skin is allowed to relax.
Botox injections for headaches are commonly administered by doctors and plastic surgeons as a viable treatment option. Plastic surgeons inject Botox primarily into the forehead to relieve pain and tension. Some physicians will also inject it into the neck and shoulders. The botulinum toxin (generic Botox) is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system.
Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, can be alleviated with Botox. Therapeutic injections directly into the affected skin. They temporarily block the sweat glands which are responsible for excessive perspiration. These injections are typically done in a single treatment session and can provide months of relief.
On August 24, 2011, the FDA approved the use of Botox for treating overactive bladders of people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury. The new method allows a physician to inject Botox into a patient’s bladder, where it relaxes the muscles and allows more urine to be stored. Clinical studies showed such injections could decrease episodes of urinary incontinence for nine months.
Botulinum toxin has been around since the 1960s and was first injected into a human in 1980, but it wasn’t administered for wrinkle treatment. Instead, it was used to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Botox is still used for these ailments to this day.
Spasms, tension headaches, and wrinkles are all brought about by the same driving force: the muscle. When used correctly by a board-certified physician, the power to paralyze muscles means this little neurotoxin can provide treatment for an abundance of ailments!
Dr. Keith Neaman
Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.