Botox is the most well-known trade name for the neurotoxic protein, botulinum toxin. It is usually injected into the muscle using a fine needle. Botox is commonly used in cosmetic procedures relating to anti-ageing treatments and was made famous by celebrities. Despite being known for reducing wrinkles, Botox has many other uses, some of which we are going to discuss in this article.
Botox has been used as an anti-ageing treatment for over a decade.
1. Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
We thought we would start with the obvious use of Botox, which is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Although it has been around for over a decade, Botox is still considered as the number one anti-ageing treatment. Botox works by paralysing the hyperactive facial muscles that cause wrinkles. By preventing the muscles from being able to contract, the skin can begin to relax and soften. Botox users tend to notice results in two to four days and effects can last anywhere up to six months.
2. Preventing excess sweating
Botox is approved as a treatment for sever underarm sweating, which is also known as axillary hyperhidrosis. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the hands and feet. Although Botox cannot cure excessive sweating, it can alleviate the symptoms by blocking the release of the chemical which is used to stimulate the sweat glands. In order to carry out this treatment, practitioners must inject it into the skin, where the sweat glands rest. Patients usually need re-treating every six to seven months.
3. Treating migraines
A few years ago Botox was approved in the UK and the US as a treatment for individuals suffering from chronic migraines. Symptoms of migraines usually include dizziness, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, all of which are extremely unpleasant. Botox is usually injected into areas around the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders to relieve some of the symptoms. It works by preventing pain signals from reaching the nerve endings.
Botox can help to alleviate the symptoms caused by migraines.
4. Treating incontinence
Botox has been proven as a successful treatment for managing over active bladders and incontinence. This condition can affect men and women, though it is most common in women. Symptoms include an overactive bladder, which causes individuals to think they need to use the toilet more frequently. Botox can be used to control the muscular bladder wall and reduce the chemical messages that are sent from the bladder to the brain. In order to perform the treatment, practitioners must inject Botox directly into the bladder wall by using a small device which is inserted into the urethra.
5. Blepharospasm treatment
Blepharospasm is a condition which causes involuntary blinking or spasms of the eyelids. It is most common in men and women between the age of fifty and seventy. Symptoms of the condition include uncontrollable blinking and closing of the eyelids. Some individuals who suffer from severe Blepharospasm also find their eyelids clamp shut uncontrollably. The condition is thought to be caused by an abnormal function of the basal ganglion which is a small area of the brain that is responsible for controlling muscle movement. Whilst Botox cannot cure the condition, it does alleviate the symptoms when it is injected into the eyelids, as it helps to relax the muscles. Patients usually need to have repeat treatments every three or so months.
Although Botox is commonly thought of as an anti-ageing treatment, it actually has a number of other useful purposes and helps to improve the lives of those with certain medical conditions. If you are planning on having Botox injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it is essential that you visit a reputable skin clinic for a consultation. If however, you believe you are suffering from one of the medical conditions featured in this article, it is essential that you book an appointment with your GP, who will be able to advise you further on whether Botox will be the most effective treatment for you.
An article by Chris Jenkinson who writes for Qutis Clinics, why not try the Botox Treatment Abingdon has available at their specialist clinic.
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