Botox is a form of Botulinum toxin A and is used to counter wrinkles. There is not a botulism risk when using it because it is in a purified form. Botox blocks nerves cells that contract muscles and, when used in areas of the face where certain wrinkles may occur, it can soften the appearance of them. Bruising can occur where the needle was injected if you are taking aspirin or ibuprofen. To avoid this, stop taking these medications two weeks prior to the injection. Botox was originally used to treat eye spasms but doctors noted that wrinkles around the eyes improved with injection as well. This led to the discovery that it could reduce crow’s feet around the eye and other wrinkles related to facial expressions because of its nerve blocking qualities. Botox is commonly used today to reduce lines around the eyes and mouth. These are two great benefits to using Botox; however, there are many others.
Easing Migraines With Botox
Botox is also very effective in treating migraine headaches. This is a surprising benefit of this quick procedure. There are few side effects to using Botox which makes it very appealing to those who suffer migraines as an option for treatment, particularly in comparison to pain medications which may be associated with negative side effects. Although it is not quite understood how Botox helps migraines, medical professionals believe that the blocking properties stop the sensory nerves that bring messages to the brain regarding the pain. Blocking these nerves can help the brain to relax and become less sensitive to the pain. Many individuals use Botox for this reason and have reported that they receive half the amount of headaches that they did prior to treatment. They have also reported them being less severe.
Botox is also very effective in helping individuals with excessive underarm sweating. Excessive sweating is also called hyperhidrosis and it can be very embarrassing for individuals with the condition. While not a cure for hyperhidrosis, Botox can help to provide relief. Once injected, the toxin blocks the messages to the sympathetic nerve system so that they do not reach the sweat glands, thus preventing sweat from being produced. Results last for several months and can be repeated.
Relieving Prostate Pain
Men can benefit from Botox in ways that females cannot. Men with enlarged prostates may suffer from pain that Botox can actually relieve. The prostate gland may be injected with Botox and frequent urination and urinary tract infections may cease. Results can last up to a year. For some individuals, Botox can offer a better option with fewer side effects compared to traditional medication. Side effects of other medications may be severe, such as incontinence or erectile dysfunction, and these have not been reported after the use of Botox. The properties of Botox are thought to increase the size of the prostate gland which can improve urination.
For more information about Botox and its many benefits, including its ability to banish wrinkles and restore a dramatically more youthful look, contact prominent skincare and cosmetic dermatology experts Drs. Diane Walder and Stacy Chimento today at 305-866-2177.