5 medical uses of Botox

Posted by Dr Nishel Patel on 18th April 2018

Botulinum toxin or Botox is best known for its use in the cosmetic industry to treat fine lines and wrinkles with fantastic results in medically experienced hands. It was in 1987 that a Canadian doctor couple Dr Jean and Alistair Carruthers noticed the positive effect it had on lines around the eyes when they used Botox to help a common eye condition called blepharospasm. What you may not know is that doctors have been using Botox for some time to treat variety of medical indications.  It certainly is not poison to their patients. Here are the top 5

Migraine

When intricately placed in various locations around the forehead, scalp and neck, certain types of migraine can be treated with significant results. Sufferers have to often wait for months to see a specialist as a last resort to treat this condition if their well-qualified GP cannot find an answer. What is not so well known is that certain experienced cosmetic doctors can do this treatment to.

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

If you have had Botox treatment already you may have noticed your face does not sweat so much. Well this led to doctors treating underarm sweating with delicately placed injections in our armpits. Highly effective and relatively painless, the treatments can last 3-9 months or even longer. In more special circumstances we use Botox in the hands and feet too.

Urine incontinence

When the special muscle that controls our bladder opening becomes very irritable we often suffer from urgency, a condition characterised by frequently feeling the need to pee! Urologists can inject vast quantities of Botox to this muscle and relax its irritability. Safe, clinical and very effective.

Blepharospasm

As mentioned above, when we blink uncontrollably it can be an extremely annoying problem. Whilst there may be a number of causes, Botox remains the mainstay of treatment.

Muscle Spasm

Particularly in the neck, but also in the limbs of those affected by conditions like cerebral palsy, large quantities of Botox even in young children, much more than that used for cosmetic indications, are directly injected into the muscle to relax it, relieve pain and help stiffness.

So in summary think of Botox as a prescription drug, it can only be prescribed by doctors or certain types of specialist nurse. In addition to its fantastic cosmetic results, doctors have a wide experience of dealing with this drug in the medical setting.

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