When most people think of botox, they think of cosmetic reasons to help their faces look younger. While this is a standard use of botox and is quite effective for many people, it is not the only way that botox can be used. In fact, botox has a surprising number of versatile applications that can help you in numerous ways, both medically and cosmetically. Get to know some of these various uses for botox and see if any of them can help you in your life. Then contact a doctor about getting botox treatments when you are ready.
Botox for Migraines
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved botox for various medical and cosmetic purposes, one of which is for the treatment of chronic migraines. Chronic migraines can be debilitating, and sometimes standard oral medications and rest do not help to alleviate the pain.
This is where botox may be of help. Botox injections for migraines are given every few months for a little over a year on average. The injections occur in the forehead, along the bridge of the nose, in the back of the neck and in other cranial areas.
Botox works as a suppression technique for chronic migraines. The reason that botox works so well for chronic migraines is unknown to medical professionals, though clinical trials prove it effective no matter how it accomplishes the task.
Botox for Excessive Sweating
While everybody sweats, some people do so a lot more than others. Excessive sweating is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. If you suffer from excessive underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis), then you may be interested to know that botox has long been approved as a treatment for this disorder.
The chemical substance in botox, known as Onabotulinumtoxin A, works to block certain hormones from being released in the body. Those hormones cause a person to sweat. This effect is not permanent, only temporary, but is highly effective for the time it is in the system.
While botox is only approved for underarm hyperhidrosis specifically, many people seek out botox treatments for excessive sweating in other areas of the body. This form of treatment is considered to be off-market as the FDA is yet to sign off on the safety and effectiveness of it.
Now that you recognize some of the lesser-known uses of botox treatments, you can contact your doctor if you feel these uses would benefit you. And keep an eye on recent and up-to-date FDA approvals to see if botox treatments are approved for any other purposes in the near future.