Botulinium toxin is one of the most popular injectable treatments for cosmetic enhancement, and although it has several aesthetic benefits, it also contains many medical applications depending on the formulation you receive.
BOTOX® works by suppressing the transmission of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in muscle movement. Once BOTOX® takes effect, the muscles are unable to contract as frequently, resulting in fewer wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
Many patients who come into the Maas Clinic enjoy receiving BOTOX® since it is a minimally invasive and highly controlled substance that can take years off of their appearance, but slowing down the natural aging process is not all that BOTOX® can do. You might be surprised at the number of medical conditions the injectable is FDA-approved to treat; BOTOX might just become your new best friend!
BOTOX® has proven effective in the treatment of disorders like crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Using the toxin to treat eye disorders can alleviate blurred vision and reduce muscles spasms near the eyes.
In order to see correctly, the six muscles around the eyes must contract properly, but when they become overstimulated, they will pull the eyes in different directions. BOTOX® injections are capable of correcting muscle movement so that you are able to see and carry out a normal life.
Chronic migraine is a medical condition characterized by more than 15 headaches per month, which can become seriously debilitating in everyday life. Although the exact cause of chronic migraine remains unknown, BOTOX® has been continually effective in preventing reoccurring headaches.
In just 15 minutes, BOTOX® can be administered in a series of injections located near the back of the head. And in a matter of weeks, patients begin to notice the results, which includes the reduction of between eight or nine headaches every month.
Symptoms of an overactive bladder include a frequent urge to urinate as well as leakage and accidents. Although there are several medical solutions available to treat an overactive bladder, not everyone responds well or is capable of taking alternative medications.
BOTOX® is injected into the bladder muscle and prevents those sudden urges to urinate, helping patients regain their quality of life without worry or embarrassment. Injections can be administered as infrequently as every six months and can control how often you feel the need to empty your bladder.
Hyperhidrosis is more commonly referred to as severe underarm sweating and can interfere with everyday life. The feeling of constant sweat in the underarms can be uncomfortable for many people, and the sight of sweat stains on clothing can cause embarrassment.
BOTOX® is injected into multiple regions on the underarm and inhibits the overstimulated muscles that are producing excess sweat. Many patients seek BOTOX® as a solution when antiperspirants and prescription medications prove ineffective and usually find relief for up to six months with just one treatment.
It’s important to note that BOTOX® will not cure these conditions, but instead help manage the symptoms that are keeping you from enjoying everyday activities. If you would like more information about the many uses of BOTOX®, contact the Maas Clinic at (415) 567-7000.