BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA) is most commonly injected into forehead muscles as a quick fix for frown lines. However, in addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, it’s also used to treat a variety of different medical issues.
BOTOX injections are used as a treatment for those that suffer from chronic migraines. Studies have shown that injections for those who suffer from more than 15 migraines per month can see up to 9 fewer headaches over a 30-day period. In studies, those who were given a placebo in place of the BOTOX injection averaged around 7 fewer headaches each month. Treatment is given as a single injection every 90 days.
Blepharospasm, or eyelid spasms, occur when the there is uncontrolled movement of the eyelids. BOTOX injections have been proven effective in lessening the symptoms of this condition, and have been FDA approved for this use since 1989. When used as a treatment for this condition, 90% of the patients that received the injection saw a noticeable improvement in two days.
BOTOX is used to treat overactive bladder, which is a condition that results in sudden urges to urinate that may cause wetting or leaking, as well as for abnormally frequent urination. Treatment for this condition is usually an oral medication, but BOTOX injections into the muscle of bladder have proven to be effective for those who did not respond to prior treatments.
Cervical dystonia is a painful condition that causes tightness and spasms in the neck muscles. Others may experience uncontrollable head turning, or even have their heads forced into positions that are uncomfortable. BOTOX injections have been proven successful in alleviating the symptoms, and relaxing the muscles in the neck.
Upper Limb Spasticity
Upper limb spasticity (ULS) is a condition that causes the muscles in the fingers, wrists, and elbows to contract or be overly stiff. ULS is caused by damage to the nerves that results in constant contraction signals to be sent from the brain. BOTOX injections alleviate the muscle contractions to allow the joints to relax.
Strabismus is a condition that causes the one eye to look inward, outward, downward, or upward, while the other eye is looking straight ahead. BOTOX injections are placed in the muscles of the eye to help the eyes to learn to move together. This treatment is often considered as an alternative to surgical intervention.
Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Primary axillary hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive underarm sweating, is a condition that causes traditional antiperspirants to be ineffective in preventing sweating in the armpits. BOTOX is used in the nerves in these cases to reduce the stimulation of the sweat glands, resulting in less underarm sweat.
As you can see, BOTOX injections have been FDA approved to treat a wide range of conditions. While it is effective as a cosmetic treatment, it has also become an important treatment option in some conditions where traditional medications and treatments are ineffective in treating the problem or disorder.