Not Just for Wrinkles – Other Uses of Botox
Although Botox injections are typically administered to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, it is a versatile treatment that has numerous applications.
If you experience at least 15 migraines each month that are longer than four hours in duration, you may be a candidate for Botox injections. It is believed that Botox can treat chronic migraines by blocking the sensory nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. By administering the injections into specific locations within the head and neck, Botox can prevent migraine pain for up to three months.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, occurs primarily in the hands, feet and underarms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Botox to treat severe underarm sweating. The neurotoxin in Botox decreases excessive perspiration by temporarily interrupting the chemical signals that stimulate sweat production. A considerable reduction in sweat is expected within couple weeks of treatment, with results lasting up to six months.
Eye Muscle Disorders
Botox has also received FDA approval for the treatment of conditions that affect the eye muscles, including strabismus (eye misalignment, or crossed eyes) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye twitching or blinking.) By relaxing the muscles within the eye, Botox can provide relief from blepharospasm in as little as two days and straighten the eyes of those affected by strabismus. Results achieved from treatment can last up to three months.