Botox has been primarily known to smooth expressive areas of the face and to create a more youthful appearance. It’s very popular and very effective in this treatment modality, but because it is a prescription-only medication it actually has a variety of medical uses. Did you know of these incredible medical uses for Botox?
Botox for excessive sweating
Botox is FDA approved for lessening excessive sweating, or medically known as hyperhidrosis. Instead of limiting the movement of muscles, it limits the amount of sweat your sweat glands are able to produce in a localised area. Because there is no cure currently for hyperhidrosis, Botox is one of the most effective treatments to help you feel fresher and drier for up to 6 months at time. It is only capable of treating localised areas like the under-arms and cannot lessen overall body sweating, but it is very effective at what it does.
Botox for mental health
Studies have shown that preventing the face’s ability to frown as animatedly through use of Botox has actually resulted in an elevated mood. This isn’t FDA approved, but there are definite medical links between the facial expressions we pull and the chemical reactions they trigger in your brain and how they affect your mental health.
Botox for blepharospasms (eye spasms)
Because Botox helps to stop muscle movements in spasming or animated muscles, it can be used to lessen eyelid spasms. It was actually first used at the time of its FDA approval in 1989 to treat blepharospasms.
Botox for chronic migraines
Botox was FDA approved for treating severe headaches and migraines in 2010, and it has continued to lessen the discomfort and pain of patients since. The effects tend to last around 3 months and offer a welcome relief to those who have tried other medications and not found what they were looking for. Whether this is placebo effect or not, it has been shown to work and continues to do so.
Botox for advanced cosmetic treatments
As well as these medical uses, Botox has also been shown to do more than treat wrinkles in the face. It can also be used to slim the neck in what is known as the Nefertiti lift. Precise injections are placed along the lower jaw and the neck to relax the platysma muscles there. These muscles ordinarily pull the face downwards, so the injections cause a sort of tightening, smoothing, and lifting. Botox can also be used to treat unwanted chin dimples, which are caused by the subconscious contraction and pulling of the muscles there. This creates a smoother, more even chin appearance.
This treatment is incredibly versatile and new areas and conditions to treat are being researched and perfected every day. If you’re considering Botox in Birmingham, then visit Westfield Aesthetics. Book your initial consultation today to discuss what we could do for you. Call 0121 4204038.