The Non-Aesthetic Applications of Botox
It’s no secret that Botox is one of the most popular treatments in the cosmetic industry – and the same is true here at Seiler Skin. I see countless patients on a weekly basis to administer Botox injections that help prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movement. In fact, I’ve administered Botox for so long, it’s become a mainstay of the training I provide to other practitioners.
While Botox may be famous for helping improve your appearance, its applications go far beyond aesthetic, and actually can treat a number of common medical issues. Today, I want to take the time and share some of the non-cosmetic ways we use Botox and how it may be the solution to your problems.
Headaches & Migraines
This is probably one of the more well known uses of Botox outside of aesthetic reasons. Headaches and/or migraines can often be brought on by muscle tensions in areas such as the temples, forehead, neck and back. Botox injections in these areas work exactly as they do for other areas of active muscle movement by reducing the frequency and intensity of muscle contractions, thereby relieving persistent headaches and migraines. As someone who’s had this done for myself, I can attest to the incredible success rates! Important to note – for more extensive migraine issues, we may refer a patient to a neurologist in order to receive the proper assessment/treatment.
It isn’t just the Alabama heat during the summertime that can leave us feeling a bit too sweaty. Many people are prone to overactive sweating or even have hyperhidrosis, a condition in which the body produces more sweat than usual regardless of temperature or physical activity. By injecting Botox in areas more prone to sweating — such as the underarms, face or even under the chest — we can reduce the nerve signals responsible for sweating. Patients have seen great results from this treatment, not only from sweating less, but having an overall greater self-esteem.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, more commonly referred to as TMJ, is another condition we’re able to address through the use of Botox injections. The joint and muscles that connect your jaw to the skull can sometimes malfunction and almost “lock up.” This can result in pain, discomfort and even headaches that really affect your day-to-day. From a cosmetic standpoint, hypertrophy of these muscles can cause loss of definition of the jawline and even “masculinization” of the jaw. Injecting Botox in and along the jaw can relieve the tension caused by TMJ and relax muscles so there isn’t as likely of a chance of the joint flaring up. Plus, it can also help with patients who may grind their teeth at night. Important to note – for more extensive TMJ conditions, we may refer a patient to a specialist in order to receive the proper assessment/treatment.
There’s clearly no shortage of ways Botox can be used, whether you’re looking to improve fine lines on the forehead or relieve migraines that leave you tired and frustrated. Some recent research has even shown Botox as a potential option for treating depression — the uses are truly boundless! Whether it’s aesthetic or non-cosmetic, you can count Seiler Skin as your go-to place for all things Botox. Be sure to schedule your own Botox appointment today either online or by giving us a call at 205.870.0204!