You have known Botox as an unofficial sponsor of the celebrities’ smooth and young faces without a single wrinkle. Perhaps, this is one of the most widespread uses of Botox, however, far not the only one. The possibilities of botulinum toxin type A used in the product of Allergan, Botox, every time reveals its new unique possibilities that surprise doctors. In this article, we will speak about a few surprising things Botox can do except for eliminating mimic wrinkles.
Treatment of hyperhidrosis
You may ask: “What is the connection between wrinkles and sweating?” There is no, actually, but nevertheless, it does not forbid Botox to treat excessive sweating. Botox injections for hyperhidrosis have proven their efficiency allowing the patient to live a healthy and active life. How does it work? With its paralyzing abilities, the toxin blocks the nerve endings of the sweat glands. They become weaker and less sensitive, making the body sweat less. Botox can be injected into the armpits, feet, palms, etc. It provides a fast result that appears within the first several days and strengthens during the next two months.
Treatment of migraine
Surprisingly, therapists use Botox to treat severe chronic headaches, when all other known medicines are completely ineffective. In fact, it does not treat migraines (as all other diseases) but temporarily helps to relieve the severe symptoms and make the patient forget about unbearable pain in the head for a few months. Botox injections for migraines are done into the head and neck and should be performed strictly by the professional therapist.
How does it help? Doctors believe that migraines are the results of hypertension in certain muscles and hyperactivity of the nerves in the head. Local Botox injections decrease the sensitivity of the nerve endings, relaxing the muscles, and reduce the tension.
Treatment of depression
This usage is still under trial, but it already shows incredible positive results. Initially, the decrease of depression symptoms after injections of Botox for wrinkles was associated exclusively with the improvement of the patient’s appearance. However, even patients who did not have defined aging or mimic creases reported a considerable improvement in their psychological condition.
On the physiological level, depression is also a manifestation of the decreased tension in the body (muscles and nerves). Botulinum toxin is famous for its ability to relax and decrease the tension, thus, relieving the symptoms of depression.
Treatment of cerebral palsy
At present times, there is no effective cure for such disorder as cerebral palsy. However, many therapists use Botox injections to relieve its symptoms. This method is not FDA approved yet, but doctors inject it off label, and many patients become able to move their arms, hands, and legs without spasms and uncontrolled motions. How does it help in this case? Cerebral palsy is characterized by chaotic and unorganized motion of the limbs due to spasms in the muscles. When Botox penetrates into the skin tissues, it locally relieves the spasm, allowing the patient to move his/her hands and legs consciously.
Treatment of premature ejaculation
This is one more experimental usage of Botox that Allergan is actively testing. Many men are suffering from this issue, having problems with erectile dysfunction. The scientists in the company suppose that injections of Botox into the penis will help to relax the muscles in this area and delay ejaculation, strengthening the patients’ confidence and self-esteem in relation to the opposite sex.
Treatment of crossed-eyes
You know Botox as a remedy of how to get rid of wrinkles. However, its history in cosmetology in therapeutics started with the treatment of crossed-eyes in the past century. Strabismus (the medical name of the disease) is characterized by the phenomenon when eyes are ‘looking’ in different directions. As everything in our body is controlled by the nerve impulses from the brain to the nerve endings, injections of Botulinum toxin helps to ‘calm down’ the local muscles.
Any differences in the mechanism of Botox work?
You could be surprised by the number of various cases when Botox is effective, and this is still not the complete list. It is also used to help with overactive bladder, painful sex, abnormal heartbeat, severe neck spasms, Botox eyebrow lift, etc. You may also wonder whether this is all the same Botox or various types of this drug. The answer is the remedy is always the same. So, how can it be helpful for such completely divergent diseases? The thing is that all described problems, including mimic wrinkles, are caused by certain disorders with the muscles. The neurotoxin in Botox blocks the nerve endings and relaxes the muscles. This is how it helps in all cases. The difference is in dosage. To minimize mimic wrinkles, the doctor needs to introduce a small dosage of the drug, while the dosage for cerebral palsy treatment is more significant. The key is to find a qualified and experienced doctor for any purpose you are going to have Botox injections.
As you may see, other than relax wrinkles, Botox can solve a wide range of problems. Is it a panacea for all diseases of the future? We will see. But for now, it helps thousands and thousands of patients live a healthier, happier, and more active life, while all other known ways did not help at all.