What is Botox Used for?
Botox injections are best known for their ability to diminish the appearance of wrinkles in the face, neck, and chest. It is widely popular worldwide and makes up over 83% of all facial injections used in plastic surgery and anti-aging treatments. It is injected to relax muscles and gives the temporary appearance of more youthful-looking skin.
However, Botox also has many other uses other than for simple vanity. Botox can be used for a wide range of ailments like the treatment of spinal cord and brain injuries, to relieve neck spasms, extreme sweating, overactive bladder issues, prevention of chronic migraines, lazy eyes, chronic neck and shoulder pain, acne and so much more!
Botox is referred to as Botox or Botox Cosmetic. Although they both contain botulinum toxin type A, the difference in the reference is how the drug is used. It can be used as either an anti-aging treatment or as part of a therapy/treatment plan.
Botox is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and prescribed to treat medical issues as listed above, often covered by medical insurance. Botox cosmetic is also approved by the FDA and prescribed to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and lines and are often NOT covered by medical insurance. Both uses, if done in moderation and by a medical professional, can have lasting positive effects on one’s appearance and/or ailments.
Botox and Botox Cosmetic – How Does it Work?
Botox and Botox cosmetic injections use a toxin called onabotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent the muscles that were injected from moving (muscle paralysis) by blocking hyperactive nerve impulses that trigger muscular contractions and/or glandular movement.
Botox was first discovered as a relaxant for overactive muscles way back in the 1950s. Botox became more widely used and was finally approved by the FDA to treat neck spasms in the ’70s. When injected in small doses, Botox will temporarily relax the muscles and reduce neck spasms. Finally, in April of 2002, the FDA approved Botox to be used in cosmetic anti-aging procedures.
Botox Purposes – The Uses Explained
- Anti-Aging – To diminish the look of fine, moderate, and even severe wrinkles on the forehead, eyes, and mouth. Botox cosmetic has also be used in the neck and chest area as well, however, is less common due to its often ineffectiveness in these areas.
- Hyperhidrosis – For extreme underarm sweating, Botox suppresses the signals between the sweat glands and the nerves causing less sweat production.
- Overactive Bladder (OAB) – When using Botox to treat an overactive bladder first the patient must recognize that the “urge to go” is not caused by movement or activity like when you sneeze or exercise. That is considered a different type of incontinence altogether. Botox is used to treat urge incontinence by having a urologist inject the medication directly into your bladder and this will help the muscles relax and give you more time to get to a restroom.
- Chronic Migraines – When it comes to migraines, the actual way in which Botox works is currently unknown. However, it is thought that the medication affects the specific area of the brain where migraines derive, making those areas of the brain less likely to bring about a migraine attack.
- Lazy Eye(s) – Botox injections for the treatment of a lazy eye works by injecting it directly into one of the muscles that are responsible for eye movement. By temporarily suppressing the muscle it will allow the eye(s) to straighten.
- Blepharospasm – Another eye condition that Botox helps with is blepharospasm which is a rare condition that causes uncontrollable blinking and/or twitching and can be quite painful. Small doses of injected Botox will weaken the muscles and stop the twitching.
- Shoulder and Neck Pain – Botox can assist in decreasing shoulder and neck pain. Injections are done into muscles and joints and this assists in relieving spasms and other involuntary muscle movements. A lot of patients report better sleep in addition to the reduction in chronic pain.
- Acne – In patients that complain of severe acne, some have received great results of clearer skin with small doses of Botox injection in the affected area.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Botox injections into affected muscles surrounding the spinal cord after an injury can reduce muscle spasticity. These injections can provide temporary pain relief whilst, allowing movement to strengthen the muscles.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Botox injections combined with regular exercise can provide muscles, weakened after a TBI, the opportunity to increase function, flexibility, and strength.
Botox Cures – How Long Does it Last?
The use of Botox and Botox cosmetics unfortunately are only temporary. However, each person’s genetic makeup and unique purpose of Botox use will determine the length of positive results. Typically, the effects can last between three months and sometimes lasting more than ten months.
The full benefits of botox injections for either cosmetic or therapeutic purposes sometimes require continuous injections to maintain the positive effect. The effects typically will last between 90-120 days, but often patients will report a much longer benefit between the injections.
Botox – Side Effects
Side effects with the use of Botox or Botox cosmetics are typically minimal and do not last for long periods as reported by many doctors and patients over its 70-year use.
Some side effects from the use of Botox or Botox cosmetic can include but are not limited to:
- Pain (injection site)
- Bruising (injection site)
- Inflammation (injection site)
- Bleeding (injection site)
- Redness (injection site)
- Swelling (injection site)
- A weakness of facial muscles (drooping eyelids)
- A weakness of neck muscles (difficulty holding the head upright or difficulty swallowing)
Are You a Candidate for Botox or Botox Cosmetic?
If you suffer from any of the issues discussed in this blog including anti-aging, Botox may be the solution you have been looking for. You may not need to live with these ailments of your body for much longer with the regular use of Botox.
Contact Us today at Revive Palm Beach Gardens to explore all botox available treatments and so much more! Our goal is to provide a customized and tailored plan for every one of our patients, ensuring that your designed therapy addresses your medical issue(s) and anti-aging needs.