Botox is perhaps one of the best-known treatments for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in your skin. But did you know that Botox also has other uses? From excessive sweating to lazy eyes to migraines, Botox can be used to treat a variety of ailments. Here are a few of the Botox treatments we offer.
First things first, what is Botox?
Botox or botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In the 1970s, scientists originally were using botulinum toxin to treat strabismus (i.e., crossed eyes). While researchers were testing this treatment on monkeys, they noticed that botulinum toxin reduced wrinkles. Nowadays, in addition to treating wrinkles, it is injected underneath the skin to treat a variety of conditions.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Everybody sweats, but some people sweat more than others. The technical term for this excessive sweating syndrome is hyperhidrosis. This excess sweat can be a source of embarrassment in social situations especially if it manifests on hands or other visible areas. Botox works in this case because it blocks the nerves responsible for activating the sweat glands. If prescription antiperspirants and other medications haven’t worked to manage your hyperhidrosis, Botox may be a good option.
Another use for Botox is treating bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems. Some of these dental issues include loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and chipping or flattening of the teeth. In addition to dental issues, chronic teeth grinding can cause headaches, earaches, facial pain, and migraines. Botox injections are not a cure for bruxism, but they can help control uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients.
Of course, there’s always the tried-and-true use of Botox – anti-aging. Botox is used for the temporary smoothing of frown lines, but can also be used for horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines near the corners of the mouth, and “smoker’s lines” around the lips.