We all know Botox Cosmetic as the miracle anti-aging treatment that smooths fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face. Crow’s feet, forehead lines, and brow lines are no match against this injectable wrinkle relaxer. However, Botox is more than just a cosmetic treatment. Botox uses include relief for medical conditions, including migraines, cervical dystonia, and even urinary incontinence.
Botox Uses and Safety
While we don’t offer most of these treatments at Ultra Smooth Skin, these medical indications for Botox go to the heart of Botox safety. There are over 10 FDA-approved Botox uses, and most of them are for medical, health, and wellness. Furthermore, Botox trials are being conducted for many other medical needs, including chronic health problems.
Top Medical Uses for Botox
While this isn’t a full list of Botox uses in medical conditions, these are just a few of the top FDA-approved medical applications for Botox.
- Migraines: For patients who have tried everything with unsatisfactory results, Botox works well for migraine relief.
- Excessive Sweating: For patients with excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, Botox is injected in the underarms to block sweat glands from producing excessive perspiration.
- Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder: Urine leaks and the urge to urinate when you don’t have to go plague many women. Botox is one solution to help with these conditions.
- Blepharospasm: The original FDA-approved indication for Botox, blepharospasm is the involuntary spasm of the eye muscles. Botox injections temporarily relax the muscles to prevent spasms in patients older than 12 years old.
- Strabismus: Another eye condition, Botox helps the eyes work together and focus on the same thing as the same time. Strabismus occurs when one eye is looking in one direction while the other eye wanders in another direction, such as in crossed eyes and wall eyes.
Botox Studies and Promising Results
Botox testing is ongoing for many new possible treatments. Over the years, Botox testing has included:
- Depression: Patients receiving Botox in the upper face for cosmetic reasons have found that their depression symptoms have lessened. This isn’t just because they’re happier about how they look; it’s because the reduced ability to furrow the brows reduces negative thinking.
- Asthma: Botox was tested in patients with asthma who don’t respond to inhalers.
- Heart Health: Botox injected directly into the heart may prevent atrial fibrillation following bypass surgery.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox got a bad reputation early on due to poor results by improperly trained providers. However, after numerous clinical trials, Botox has about a dozen FDA-approved uses for cosmetic and medical indications. We expect more FDA-approvals will appear in the near future. Therefore, Botox is considered safe for most patients. However, as with any prescription treatment, whether cosmetic or medical, no product or treatment is right for everyone. Some people do not respond well to Botox treatments. A consultation with a licensed aesthetic medical provider for your Botox Cosmetic treatments is vital for your safety and results.
Botox in Scottsdale and Chandler, AZ
At Ultra Smooth Skin, we provide patients with top-notch Botox results for our patients. In fact, we’re recognized as a top provider of Botox and Juvederm treatments by Allergan, the manufacturer. These are just a few of the reasons why our patients choose to see us again and again for their Botox Cosmetic and dermal filler injections for facial rejuvenation. Contact us today for a consultation in one of our convenient locations in Scottsdale and Chandler, AZ.