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Besides cosmetic reasons, did you know Botox can be used for medical reasons as well? In this article, Zap Laser Center shares the several uses of botox.

Botox, produced from one of the most lethal toxins known to humankind, has continually astounded the medical world with its almost limitless uses.

Even though Botox is authorized for nine health conditions and numerous cosmetic ones, Allergan, the company that owns the medication, retains almost 800 more patents for possible applications. Botox has become the standard of cosmetic enhancement since its approval over 30 years ago. Even so, it now generates more than half of its income from therapeutic applications for ailments ranging from persistent migraines to excessive sweating.

What exactly is Botox?

Botox is a muscle-weakening or paralyzing drug. It can help treat various medical problems and decrease skin wrinkles in low dosages. Botox is a protein derived from Botulinum toxin, a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum

This bacteria may be found in various natural environments, including soil, lakes, trees, and the intestines of animals and fish. It’s a poison, but when used appropriately and in tiny doses, it may be beneficial. It may be used for both aesthetic and medicinal purposes.

How does it work?

Botox is a neurotoxin, which means it targets your nervous system. These chemicals alter nerve signaling, causing muscular contraction. The drug works by temporarily paralyzing muscles in this manner. At the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells, neurons release acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that allows muscles to contract.

Acetylcholine binds to receptors on the surface of muscle cells, causing them to contract or shorten. Botox injections block acetylcholine from being released, which prevents muscle cells from contracting. The toxin helps the muscles become less rigid in this way.

Excessive Sweating

When doctors noticed that their patients treated for facial spasms were sweating less, scientists at Allergan and elsewhere started looking into whether Botox could be used to treat acute primary axillary hyperhidrosis. Botox injections can also be used to address excessive sweating in the underarms, hands, and feet.

Chronic Migraines

Botulinum toxin in small dosages can assist in decreasing migraines. In 2010, the FDA authorized the use of Botox to treat migraines. Botox was proven to reduce the frequency of chronic migraine episodes. Patients also reported taking fewer days off work as a result of their incapacitating headaches. More than half of those polled said a 50% reduction in headaches, with another 29% reporting a 75% reduction.

Strabismus 

Strabismus, often known as cross-eyes, is when the eyes do not line up in the same direction. Since the 1970s, Botox injections have been used to address this visual issue. It corrects the eye position so that both eyes are directed in the same direction as the person’s gaze. Botox for strabismus is safe in tiny doses, even for kids.

Involuntary Eye Twitching

Blepharospasm is another eye problem that Botox can assist with. Although it’s an uncommon ailment, it produces uncontrolled blinking or twitching. It might even make it very hard for some people to open their eyes. Spastic muscles surrounding the eyes cause blepharospasm. The anomalies in the region of the brain that regulates muscles might be the cause of these spasms. Botulinum toxin can help reduce involuntary muscular activity because it relaxes muscles. Botox injections in very tiny dosages weaken the eyelid muscles. The muscles will no longer twitch as a result of this.

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a set of symptoms linked to bladder function rather than a disease. Botox works by relaxing the nerves that cause your bladder muscles to overstimulate. Your bladder muscle is the injection location. According to reports, alleviation can occur within a few weeks, with effects lasting up to eight months.

There are other cosmetic uses of Botox besides anti-aging. 

Besides improving the appearance of wrinkles, there are other cosmetic benefits to using Botox, such as:

  • Correcting gummy smiles
  • Neck bands reduction and neck rejuvenation
  • Reducing dimples
  • Smile lifting
  • Softening jawlines
  • Lifting the eyebrows

Besides the well-known cosmetic purposes, Botox has medical uses. It diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and helps treat specific ailments related to the nervous and muscular systems. If you’re thinking about Botox treatments and you’re in Denver or Aurora, don’t hesitate to contact Zap Laser Center.