BOTOX® treatment might be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. The number of Botox procedures performed each year has risen by more than 750 percent since the year 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Although the injectable is a highly regarded cosmetic treatment, it does much more than simply smooth lines and wrinkles. There are a few other reasons why you might want to consider Botox injections.
Additional BOTOX® Treatment Uses
More than 10 percent of adults in the US suffer from migraines. People who experience chronic migraines suffer from the headaches more than 15 days every month. The pain and other symptoms of the headaches can interfere with a person’s daily life. The good news is that back in 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox to help treat and reduce migraines. Every 12 weeks, people with chronic migraines receive a series of Botox injections around the neck and head area. BOTOX® treatment helps reduce the number of headaches and the intensity of the headaches.
Help Stop Excessive Sweating
If you experience a lot of sweating under the arms, you might have tried lots of treatments, but to no avail. If prescription strength antiperspirants and other anti-sweating measures haven’t helped you, Botox might. The injectable has been approved by the FDA for treating excessive sweating. Clinical studies have shown that Botox can reduce underarm sweat by up to 87 percent. When injected into the sweat glands, the active ingredient in Botox keeps the glands responsible for underarm perspiration from producing sweat. Results from the treatment can last for up to six months.
Calm an Overactive Bladder
More recently, the FDA approved Botox injections for treating overactive bladders that didn’t respond to other medicines or treatments. Similar to the way it works for sweating, when injected into the the bladder, the main ingredient in Botox keeps it from contracting. It can reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence, including leakage and the urge to go.
Corrects Crossed Eyes and Eyelid Spasms
Some of the first approved uses of Botox were to treat uncontrolled eyelid spasms and to correct strabismus, or crossed eyes. The injection has been used to treat both conditions for several decades now. In fact, it’s thanks to its use in patients with eye problems that the first cosmetic uses of Botox were discovered. Doctors noticed that their patients had smoother foreheads and fewer wrinkles after their Botox treatment.
Seeing the right doctor is key when you’re considering Botox for any reason. If you’re thinking about it as a cosmetic treatment, be sure to work with a surgeon who specializes in aesthetic uses of Botox. To schedule your Botox consultation at the Vein & Vascular Institute in New Jersey, call 856-309-8346 today.