When most people think of Botox, they think of cosmetics and treating fine lines and wrinkles on the face. While Botox has made quite a name for itself in the cosmetic industry, it was originally used for medical purposes. A resurgence of these uses has increased interest in using Botox for uses other than strictly cosmetic. Some patients who have exhausted other options for treatment for certain disorders find Botox to be a viable form of treatment for them. Learn about the many uses of Botox and how it can benefit you.
What is Botox?
Botox or Botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic
protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and other related
species. Through injections in small doses, it prevents the release of the
neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at neuromuscular junctions and
causes temporary flaccid paralysis. Botox comes in two forms (A and B) that are
used for different treatments.
What Other Uses Does Botox Have?
While the cosmetic side of Botox is what many
of us may first consider, the drug also has real world medical applications
that help people lead happier and more comfortable lives. Some other uses for
Botox include the treatment of:
- Chronic migraines
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Overactive bladder
Botox has been used in some cases to help with the symptoms of depression as well. With routinely conducted procedures, patients can see a prolonged effect on all of the previous conditions as a result of Botox injections.
Hopefully the next time you think about Botox, you’ll consider the large numbers of individuals these treatments have been able to help. If you want to experience some of the beneficial effects Botox can have on your own physical appearance, contact our office and schedule an appointment today. We can go over what your goals are and how we can best achieve them. We look forward to hearing from you and speaking soon.