7 Little-Known Uses for Botox: Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology

Posted by | January 29, 2014 | Skin Care | No Comments

Most people know the results Botox can provide for aging faces, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and lifting the skin that advertises your stress and years to everyone. Botox has built a great reputation for restoring younger-looking skin and bolstering confidence. However, along with youthful regeneration, scientists and doctors are discovering other useful applications for Botox.

Hyperhidrosis
Those with hyperhidrosis experience unpredictable and excessive sweating. One incredible discovery was finding that people with hyperhidrosis who used Botox treatments were able to fight off extreme sweating for up to 2 years. The Botox injection affects the signal between the nerve endings and the sweat glands, therefore acting as a roadblock. This disrupts the message sent from the nerve endings to stimulate the production of sweat. This is great news for those who struggle with this embarrassing problem in social situations!

Migraines
Botox is one of the leading treatments used to combat severe migraines with an amazing 70% success rate. It is injected into 31 sites around the face, head and shoulders. The sensation is that of minute pinpricks so the discomfort is minimal, nothing compared to the daily agony of intense migraines.

Joint Pain Relief
Studies conducted with Botox have reported it as an effective treatment of joint pain. Shoulder, hip, and knee pain have been greatly reduced, though the research is still unclear how this phenomenon is occurring. By injecting Botox directly into the joint, arthritis pain is reduced. After only one month, people involved in a particular study showed 28% decrease in pain and 25% increase in mobility. Those who continued with the injections, continued to experience a decline in their pain levels.

Eyes
Crossed eyes, blurred vision, or eyelid spasms, are often caused by tense muscles surrounding the eyes. To the elation of many people, injecting Botox into specific muscles surrounding the eyes, these tense, overactive, and agitated muscles soon relax and lessen their strain.

Jaw Pain Relief
Those who suffer with TMJ pain know how truly frustrating this discomfort is. TMJ can cause jaw pain, headaches, and sometimes hearing loss. By injecting Botox into the joint of the jaw, the surrounding muscles relax. Most patients report a substantial improvement after only one or two days of treatment.

Overactive Bladder
This condition is manifest by a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate which can lead to involuntary loss of urine or incontinence. In a study of 250 women with urge incontinence, a one-time injection of Botox into the bladder worked as well as daily pills for up to six months.

Fading Scars
Acne scars or any other unsightly scar can be faded with this off-label use of Botox. As a cut or injury heals, muscles may pull on the wound, causing inflammation and lead to a thicker, wider scar. By injecting Botox in the surrounding area, it helps the ease the tension of the tighter skin, thus diminishing the scar.

What does this mean?
Doctors and scientists are discovering these and many more remarkable benefits of Botox injections each year. While Botox helps make patients look visibly youthful and glowing, the expanded use of Botox for other applications, indicate its safety and value as a medical treatment.