You may only think of Botox as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. While it certainly is used for that purpose, it is also used to treat certain medical conditions, giving people a great deal of relief from conditions that are debilitating or embarrassing. For instance, those with incontinence can be helped by having Botox injections in the bladder. This causes it to relax and increases storage so you don’t have to keep running to the toilet.
Other non cosmetic uses for Botox
Other conditions that can be helped by Botox injections are cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, teeth grinding, chronic migraines and excessive sweating. In most cases the treatment needs to be ongoing since Botox only lasts for some months. It actually lasts longer than that for sweating treatment, with the effects often lasting for 6-12 months and for bladder problems up to 12 months.
Happily, the treatment is not too painful, except in those areas where there is not much muscle to provide padding. The hands and feet are particularly prone to pain on injection, but most people feel that is a small price to pay for the relief they get. Excessive sweating may not seem like a bad condition, but when your clothes are drenched in sweat several times a day it can really impact your social and work life as well as your health.
Botox for cosmetic reasons
When it comes to treating wrinkles, many women turn to Botox injections. It works by relaxing the muscles that otherwise contract to cause the wrinkle. Smoothing out or softening deep wrinkles can make a person look much younger and enhance their social life and satisfaction with their looks. It can give you confidence in your looks that will translate into confidence in both work and social settings.
The best time to use it is before the muscle – and hence, the wrinkle – becomes set. That is, the wrinkle comes and goes rather than being in place all the time. However, even in the latter case it is still possible to soften the wrinkle so it is less defined, which is a big improvement on leaving it as it is.
Since it is mostly the face and neck that need to be treated and such areas are generally quite sensitive, topical or other anaesthetic may be used before the Botox. However, many people consider that the pain is no worse than the sting of an ant. Much depends on your pain threshold as to what kind of treatment you will be given before the Botox injection.
Young girls should be discouraged from using Botox as a means to improve their looks unless their skin has wrinkled prematurely.
Botox should always be administered by a trained and licensed medical doctor, or under the supervision of one.