The Top 5 Benefits Of Botox That May Surprise You!
FDA first approved Botox in 1989, and at the time, it wasn’t obvious it would become the most sought-after non-invasive cosmetic treatment that it is today. Today, over 11 million people have had Botox globally. Although most do it to maintain their youthful looks, there are various reasons for Botox.
The top 5 surprising benefits of Botox include controlling the frequency and severity of chronic migraines, reducing facial, neck, and eye spasms, and correcting cross-eye. Botox is also helpful in the management of cerebral palsy and overactive bladder.
Although Botox is mainly used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, it is also used for various neurological conditions that I will discuss below.
Controls The Frequency And Severity Of Chronic Migraines
Dr. William Binder accidentally discovered that Botox was effective on chronic migraines in the early 1990s. This wasn’t long after Botox was approved for cosmetic treatment. A plastic surgeon, Dr. Binder, was surprised to hear multiple patients claim they had fewer headaches after their Botox treatment.
Some of these patients suffered from chronic migraines and had grown to expect them. Once they started getting Botox, the migraines were less severe. They were also less frequent.
In October 2010, the FDA approved Botox to treat Migraines for people who suffer severe headaches that last at least 4 hours and occur more than 15 times a month.
Reduces Facial, Neck, And Eye Spasms
Botox injections send chemical signals from the nerves to the brain to block muscle contraction. Considering how Botox works, doctors also use it to control involuntary muscle spasms around the face, neck, and eyes.
The shots then cause the muscles to relax and reduce the frequency of spasms around the face, neck, and eyes.
Corrects Cross Eye
Botox also helps to control cross-eye (strabismus). The eye muscles don’t work correctly when the eyes are improperly aligned. Often the eyes appear to be looking in different directions. Unfortunately, when left untreated, patients experience double vision, blurry vision, or even experience difficulties with depth perception.
When injected into the muscles around the eyes, Botox will cause the muscles to relax and control eye movements. Botox is usually effective within 48 hours after the injection. However, sometimes it takes longer for the eyes to start moving normally.
Management Of Cerebral Palsy
The use of Botox in the management of cerebral palsy is considered off-label because it hasn’t been approved for this use by the FDA. However, doctors use it to reduce muscle overactivity in children with cerebral palsy.
Muscle stiffness (spasticity) is common in children with cerebral palsy. It makes it difficult for them to sit, stand, talk, eat, or play. There are oral treatments to help with muscle spasticity, but they do not target specific muscles.
Botox is effective in relaxing muscles in specific parts of the body. For example, it can be used on the hands or legs, depending on which muscles need more help.
The gains may be short-lived, but it helps boost muscle strength and comfort in children with spasticity.
Controls An Overactive Bladder
People with an overactive bladder;
- Find it difficult to control urine because the urge is sudden, and they need instant relief.
- Suffer incontinence.
- Urinate more than eight times a day.
- Wake up multiple times at night to go to the bathroom.
Unintentional urination is probably one of the most difficult things to experience because it disrupts physical, mental, and social well-being. Urologists sometimes recommend surgery for incontinence. However, Botox also works.
Botox helps relax the muscles around the urinary tract, giving patients more time to get to the bathroom. Botox is effective because it gives faster results, with most people reporting a difference within a few days.
These Botox treatments usually last a few months, so patients need multiple injections over time, just like cosmetic treatments.
The downside of Botox for an overactive bladder is urine retention. This is why people at risk of an enlarged prostate are discouraged from this treatment option.
Before seeking treatment, it is best to find out from your doctor if Botox is the ideal route for you.
These are some of the unexpected benefits of Botox. It was initially a cosmetic treatment, but after doctors discovered its effectiveness on facial muscles, they experimented with it in other conditions where muscles are compromised. The results were outstanding.
Today, many doctors, not necessarily those in the plastic surgery industry, use Botox to treat multiple neurological conditions. The concept of using Botox in these conditions is the same as that of cosmetic treatments but with different results.