Botox Treatment Is About More Than Aesthetics

Many people think one thing when they hear about Botox treatments – beauty. While it is true that many men and women seek Botox injections daily for the purpose of presenting a flawless, youthful face to the world, there are many more who seek this important treatment for genuine medical conditions. These are just a few medical conditions that can be treated with Botox injections.

Bell's Palsy Treatment with Botox

Botox treatment is the most effective treatment available for managing the partial face paralysis associated with Bell's palsy and synkinesis that often occurs as a result of Bell's palsy and from other conditions. The Botox treatment works by relaxing unwanted muscle movements on the unaffected side of the face. It is also used to reduce tension in other areas of the face to present a more symmetrical appearance.

Botox treatment for this condition should only be conducted by an experienced therapist and conducted in combination with neuromuscular training for optimal results.

Botox Treatment for Migraines

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly one of every four U.S. households includes someone who suffers from migraine headaches. These headaches can be completely incapacitating to people suffering from them and chronic sufferers can experience them up to 15 days or more per month.

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for those who suffer from migraine headaches 15 days or more per month. The Botox treatment is used as a preventative treatment method rather than in response to migraine headaches.

Treating Excessive Sweating with Botox

Botox is also an effective tool for treating hyperhidrosis, the technical term for excessive sweating. Some people sweat even in conditions that are not warm enough to generally warrant sweating or when not exercising. Botox treatment for this condition is highly effective, though it is still considered an "off label" use for Botox injections.  One caveat is that it only reduces sweating in the specific area that is targeted for treatment. Common areas where this treatment method is currently used include:

  • Underarms.
  • Palms.
  • Soles of feet (though fewer studies have been conducted in this area).

It is important to remember with any of these Botox treatments that there are potential side effects associated with the use of Botox. While it has been used safely for decades, there are still risks, one of the largest risks being allergic reactions. Be mindful of the risks and potential side effects of Botox treatments and use them wisely if you have one of the conditions listed above.