Most people are familiar with BOTOX®, as it is the most popular aesthetic treatment in America. But some of my Westchester, NY patients may not know how versatile BOTOX truly is.
First, for a bit of backstory: BOTOX was originally designed for treating eyelid spasms. Because of its active ingredient–botulinum toxin type A–BOTOX is able to treat eyelid spasm disorders by relaxing overactive muscles. Doctors observed this muscle-relaxing phenomenon and realized how it could be used for cosmetic issues. The FDA first approved BOTOX for aesthetic treatments in 2002 and since then the product has been approved for multiple other treatments in various areas of the face and body.
BOTOX is more than just a way to smooth out crow’s feet and other skin problems. Here are four other issues that this “wonder drug” can treat:
Neck bands (platysma bands)
While many people think BOTOX is mainly used to minimize facial wrinkles, this doesn’t have to be the case. BOTOX can help treat other common signs of aging, such as neck bands.
Neck bands—known clinically as platysma bands—are vertical skin folds that develop on the front of the neck. They are one of the issues that women and men complain about the most. As neck muscles weaken with age, they become more prominent. BOTOX helps by softening these muscles so that they no longer protrude.
The FDA first approved BOTOX to treat migraine headaches in 2010. These intense headaches are a reoccurring problem for many Americans, resulting in light sensitivity, nausea, and severe head pain.
Although researchers haven’t identified the specific cause of migraines, one popular theory is that they occur when specific muscles tighten and squeeze nerves, resulting in painful episodes. Targeted BOTOX injections relax these muscles. By loosening these muscles, BOTOX can provide relief to chronic migraine sufferers.
Those who have an overactive bladder (OAB) might experience embarrassing and inconvenient leakage issues. BOTOX was approved in 2013 by the FDA to treat this condition, helping patients avoid the need to use the bathroom as frequently. In one study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, 70% of women who had previously had 5 leaks a day moved down to only 3.
For those interested in this potential treatment, it is important to note than overusing BOTOX can shut the bladder down and result in needing a catheter. Like in most procedures, be sure to follow the recommended dosages outlined by your BOTOX provider.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating from the armpits, hands, feet, or face. BOTOX injections limit the activity of these overactive sweat glands.
BOTOX injections have been proven to decrease sweating by nearly 90% in targeted areas. For those with abnormal sweating who find that antiperspirants don’t work, this treatment can be an excellent option.
As you can see, BOTOX is a very versatile treatment that can benefit people in many different ways. Your doctor can help decide which options would work best for your goals and lifestyle.
You can browse our before-and-after gallery to see real results from our patients who got BOTOX injections to minimize wrinkles. If you’re curious about your own BOTOX options, request a consultation online or call (914) 241-3003.