3 Medical Uses for BOTOX® You’ve Never Heard Of
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used for decades to improve frown lines, “crow’s feet” and
forehead creases, but there are some surprising medical uses for this injectable. BOTOX® works by freezing the muscles that lead to wrinkles which helps them relax, but it also blocks nerve signals from reaching your muscles. This musculoskeletal property allows BOTOX® to alleviate the pain and symptoms of these conditions and more
1. Chronic Migraine
BOTOX® injections are commonly used to prevent migraines by blocking pain receptors on various areas of the face, head and neck. This 15-minute procedure is for men and women who suffer from chronic migraines (meaning more than 15 per month) and don’t respond to traditional treatment. BOTOX® for migraines might be covered by your health insurance.
2. Excessive Sweating
Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, does not always respond to topical treatments and medications. BOTOX® can be injected into your underarms, hands, face or feet to stop brain signals from reaching your sweat glands, thus stopping sweat production. This treatment can last up to 8 months.
3. Crossed Eyes
BOTOX® is FDA-approved to treat crossed eyes (strabismus). Crossed eyes can cause blurred vision, headaches and eye strain. BOTOX® is injected into the muscles of one of your eyes to relax the muscle and allow your vision to realign.
BOTOX® can be used to treat several other medical issues such as muscle spasms or twitching, Bell’s palsy, TMJ disorders and even tennis elbow. Many nerve disorders can be treated with this injectable because BOTOX® works by restricting muscle and nerve activity.
If you’re interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic, call our board-certified plastic surgeon in Phoenix today at 602-375-8888 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Angelchik provides plastic surgery to clients in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale and surrounding areas of Arizona.