You can look at BOTOX® treatment as the cosmetic treatment that started it all. Before the injection first became popular as an anti-wrinkle treatment in the late 1990s/early 2000s, people didn’t have many options for fighting the signs of aging. Today, Botox is just one of many non-surgical cosmetic treatments people can pick from when they want to reduce the signs of aging on their face.
It might surprise you to learn that Botox does more than just fight wrinkles. The injection is approved by the FDA to treat a wide range of conditions.
Botox is More Than a Cosmetic Treatment
Botox Helps With Sweating
A bit of sweat is no big deal, from time to time. But some people sweat a lot more than others. Some people sweat so much that interferes with their daily lives. If you regularly soak through the armpits of your shirts and feel that no amount of antiperspirant can help, Botox might be able to help. The same ingredient that helps relax wrinkles can keep your sweat glands from being so productive. The results from treatment can last for up to a year.
Botox Can Relieve Migraine Pain
If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. Interestingly enough, Botox injections have been found to help prevent migraines from occurring. The injections are given every 12 weeks or so and the treatment takes about 15 minutes each time.
Botox is FDA approved specifically for the treatment of chronic migraines, which is defined as suffering from a migraines on at least 15 out of 30 days per month.
Botox Can Calm an Overactive Bladder
Although people struggle with incontinence and bladder problems for a number of different reasons. Botox might be able to help some people with overactive bladder syndrome. When people have an overactive bladder, the bladder contracts often. People feel an urgent need to urinate or have some leakage from the bladder.
Treatment with Botox involves injecting it directly into the bladder. The Botox blocks certain signals to the bladder, so that it doesn’t squeeze or contract as much. Patients typically need two treatments a year.
Botox Might Help Ease Depression
There is some evidence to suggest that Botox can help improve depression symptoms. The treatment minimizes a person’s ability to frown, which could have some impact on his or her ability to feel sadness or depressed. So far, the FDA hasn’t officially approved Botox as a treatment for depression, but there have been studies suggesting its effectiveness, according to Psychology Today.
Who knew that an ingredient first linked to food poisoning could have so many positive uses? To learn more about Botox and about its use as a cosmetic treatment and more, contact the Vein and Vascular Institute in New Jersey today.