Did you know that over four million people get Botox injections each year? While many people associate the non-invasive treatment with a way to get rid of wrinkles, Botox has multiple medical uses.
Botox solution includes a toxin made from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can temporarily paralyze the muscle it's injected into. Medical Botox can be used for non-cosmetic purposes, like migraine relief.
This guide will discuss medical botox injections and what benefits you can experience from the treatment.
One of the most common Botox medical uses is providing relief for chronic migraines. Receiving regular Botox injections could reduce the number of migraines you get each month.
It's thought that Botox blocks neurotransmitters, chemicals that transmit your brain's pain signals. The Botox injection stops the neurotransmitters in their path. The chemicals don't have a chance to get to the nerve endings around your neck and head.
Sweating is a normal part of life, but sometimes people sweat more than they need to. Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. It can have a negative impact on a person's life.
Sometimes hyperhidrosis gets focused on a single body area, like the feet or underarms. It can also be more generalized, like excessive sweating all over the body.
The most commonly affected areas are:
When Botox is injected into the affected area, the toxin blocks nerve signals the brain sends out that cause sweating. The Botox blocks the sweat glands from creating an excessive amount of sweat.
In the beginning, you'll likely need to get injections every four to six months. As you continue to receive treatments, you can go longer between injections.
Some other Botox medical benefits include reducing eye twitching and spasms. Typically, eye twitching is caused by stress or lack of sleep and is a temporary sensation.
However, some people can experience eye spasms regularly. Chronic eye spasming is called blepharospasm.
Before you schedule an appointment for a Botox injection, try some of the following activities:
If you're noticing your eyelids twitch for longer than a week, it's time to make an appointment. Failing to address your chronic eye twitching can result in some of the following problems:
A Botox injection stops certain muscles around your eyes from contracting. In addition to relaxing the muscles, the Botox solution also blocks some nerve signals to prevent twitching. You can expect your eye spasms to decrease within a few days or a week after your initial injection.
Botox injections do much more than smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles. Get relief from chronic conditions with routine Botox injections.
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