When we think Botox, we usually think of the wonders (or lack of wonders) it works on the likes of celebrities, by removing wrinkles and making people look younger. But there is more to Botox than meets the eye. Its ability to treat severe medical conditions is often something that gets overlooked.
Before we prick and prod at the hidden wonders of Botox, how does it work? Well, Botox is administered by a fine needle injection into specific muscles. Once injected, Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles by temporarily paralyzing them, making it so specific muscles can no longer contract. The effects from Botox injections will typically take three to six months to reach full effect and will last for three to four months, although results may vary depending on what condition is being treated.
The 5 conditions you didn’t know Botox could treat
Botox injections have been proven by the FDA to effectively prevent migraines. Injections are made every three months, to specific points along the bridge of the nose, the temples, the forehead, the back of the head, the neck and the upper back. Experts believe that Botox reduces the expression of certain pain pathways involving nerve cells in sensory pathways (trigeminovascular) thought to play a key role in the headache aspect of migraines.
Incontinence (Overactive Bladder)
Incontinence isn’t considered a condition, but rather a group of symptoms related to the functionality of the bladder. Symptoms include frequent urge to urinate, frequent urination, bedwetting or leaking of urine. Botox treats these symptoms by calming the nerves that typically overstimulate the bladder muscles and lead to frequent urination.
Muscle spasms are characterized by involuntary contractions, or uncontrollable tightening and shaking of muscles. These contractions are a primary cause of both neck pain and back pain. Botox treats the spasms by blocking the neural signals sent to the muscles, causing them to relax and the involuntary contractions to stop, and relieving the pain. The FDA has approved the use of Botox for neck and facial spasms, but has limited approval for back spasms.
To keep our gaze straight, the muscles in our eyes are constantly working against each other to pull the eye in opposite directions. When one muscle grows weak, the stronger muscle will pull the eye in the opposite direction. Botox is injected into the stronger muscle to relax it, giving the weaker muscle a chance to recover.
Excessive Underarm Sweating
Known medically as axillary hyperhidrosis, excessive underarm sweating affects more than a million people in the United States. Those with the condition sweat up to four times more than normal, in order to maintain a normal body temperature. Botox is used to treat axillary hyperhidrosis cases that can’t be resolved with prescription creams or antiperspirants.
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