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The Hidden Benefits of BOTOX®

Posted November 07, 2018 in BOTOX® Cosmetic

For years, men and women have asked their plastic surgeons for BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve their appearance. It’s no surprise that BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most common minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, with more than seven million treatments performed in the last year alone. And why not? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical injectable treatment proven to minimize unwanted crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases that develop with age. After only one treatment, very little pain, and no downtime, patients leave their doctor’s office with noticeably smoother skin. However, BOTOX® has several non-cosmetic uses as well.

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Excessive Sweating

BOTOX® can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as excessive sweating. Whether the problem area is the underarm, foot, or palm, excessive sweating is not only an annoyance, but it can also be damaging to one’s self-confidence, not to mention all those clothes with heavy sweat stains. BOTOX® provides relief from the excess sweat by blocking the chemical signals sent by the nerves to the sweat glands. Without this transmission, the glands are unable to produce sweat, leaving most patients comfortably dry. As with any injection, results are temporary, but many find that their relief from excessive sweating lasts from three to six months.

The doctor makes intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin in the underarm area against hyperhidrosis.-img-blog

Chronic Migraines

BOTOX® has become an increasingly popular treatment for those suffering from chronic migraines, and it was approved for this use by the FDA in 2010. After hearing that sufferers reported fewer headaches since receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for wrinkles, doctors discovered that the injections provide relief from the debilitating headaches. Similar to how BOTOX® Cosmetic works in smoothing wrinkles and preventing excessive sweating, the injections relax the muscles and block the chemicals that carry pain signals from the brain, stopping migraine headaches before they start.

This treatment may be recommended for anyone who suffers from chronic migraines, meaning that they have more than 15 headache days per month. It is thought to be the most effective on patients with a higher amount of headache days. A single treatment can relax the muscles for up to three months, and many patients have reported fewer days of pain and more days of being able to get back to their normal lives.

TMJ Pain

Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull, can be caused by several factors, including injury, teeth grinding, and stress. The muscles in the jaw can become tight and pull the jawbone out of alignment or cause tension headaches. The injection of BOTOX® into the muscles of the jaw can relax them, minimizing the headaches, and preventing the often unconscious jaw movements that can aggravate TMJ pain.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, or if you would like to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic, call our Miami office at (305) 960-7511 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Reana Myers, MMS, PA-C.


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