Think Botox is just for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles? Think again. Botox has been around for decades, and since it was introduced, medical professionals have used the injectable in several ways that have nothing at all to do with wrinkle reduction.
While we administer Botox for aesthetic purposes at Arijai, it has several other FDA-approved uses we think you should know about. If you’ve been apprehensive about getting Botox injections because you’ve heard they’re toxic or unsafe, hopefully, this blog helps clear up any lingering safety concerns you may have.
While you’re here, read up on what you need to know about Botox injections if you’re seriously considering scheduling your first appointment.
Botox Can Help Treat Painful, Tightly Contracted Muscles
Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 as a treatment for rare eye muscle dysfunction disorders. But medical practitioners quickly realized that the injectable wasn’t just capable of limiting the function of the muscles around the eyes; it could limit the contraction of other muscles, too.
Botox’s active ingredient (the botulinum toxin) prevents the release of acetylcholine, which is the chemical responsible for stimulating muscle contractions. This mechanism of action can treat a variety of conditions that involve tightly contracted or spastic muscles, including:
● Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
● Cervical dystonia (a disorder characterized by severe neck pain and abnormal head position)
● Muscle contractures
● Lazy eye or excessive eye twitching
● Overactive bladder
Botox Injections Can Control Excessive Sweating
Excessive underarm sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be reduced by 82%-87% with Botox injections, and results from the treatment last anywhere from four to 14 months. The treatment was first approved by the FDA in 2004 and works by blocking acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for activating sweat glands.
That same neurotransmitter allows facial muscle contraction to occur. That’s why Botox is so effective for minimizing the appearance of existing wrinkles and preventing the formation of new lines.
Botox Can Be Used to Address Chronic Migraines
In 1992, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon observed that his patients who received Botox injections for wrinkle reduction also reported fewer migraine headaches. Several years later, clinical studies were performed to test whether Botox could indeed induce a reduction in chronic migraines. In 2010, the injectable was approved by the FDA as a treatment for migraine disorders.
Still not sure about Botox? Check out what dermal fillers can treat to see if they might be a better option for your needs.
Are Botox Injections Right for You? Schedule a Free Consultation With Arijai!
If you’ve been considering Botox injections, let our team at Arijai Aesthetics help you determine if they’re right for your skin care goals! Feel free to call our Burnsville, MN, clinic at 952-435-0605 to learn more or request a free Botox consultation online, and a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly.