While botox is most commonly associated with the reduction of wrinkles on the skin, it actually has several other beneficial uses. For people around the world, botox has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. In fact, it was the treatment of one condition that led to the discovery of its cosmetic uses.
Botox is a product that essentially deadens the muscles just underneath the skin, causing them to relax. The effect is a temporary one as when the botox leaves the muscles return to their normal function. Thee are some side effects, but they are mostly mild in nature.
It may seem strange that Botox or botulinum toxin which is derived from botulism, a poison that in high enough amounts may cause damage, illness, and even death has its uses. However, it should be noted that botox itself is not poisonous.
Today, the most common use of botox is to relax the muscles of the forehead which causes the wrinkles to fade. To get the effect, a small amount of botox is injected just under the skin and the effect takes hold fairly quickly. Although the forehead and around the eyes are the most common areas, it can be used anywhere that wrinkling is an issue.
Other uses include, but are not limited to the following;
- Eye Issues: Twitching
- Overactive Bladder
- Muscle Spasms/Stiffness and More
The toxin is quite good at controlling eye problems such as twitching, crossed eyes, or uncontrolled blinking. This is because its deadening effect stops the muscles from causing these issues. the same is true for those who have muscle spasms and overactive bladder.
However, it’s ability to prevent headaches and migraines is somewhat less understood, but it does appear to work for those who suffer from such conditions. In addition, botox has been used to treat overactive sweat and salivary glands by blocking the chemicals which activate them.
There are a number of advantages to using botox in the appropriate amounts.
Temporary Effect: Botox does not treat the source of the affliction, it simply blocks the chemicals or relaxes the muscles. In addition, the botox will eventually fade from the body meaning that the condition will return. The temporary effect is actually desired since it means that no permanent damage is done.
Mild Side Effects: This is when botox is used in the proper amount. While in large doses botox can be a health risk, the amounts used to treat the aforementioned conditions are quite small and present no threat. Some of the more noted side effects include the following;
- Slight Difficulty Swallowing
- Double Vision
- Irritation of the Eyes
- Increased Sensitivity to Light
Such conditions are generally mild and temporary. However, if they persist you should call your doctor or pharmacist.
Botox may not be for everyone but given its effectiveness and lack of serious side effects, it is a desired treatment for many people. While it is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, it is also effective in treating several conditions.