Botox injections are mostly known around the world for its cosmetic use. It is highly effective to reduce crow feet, glabellar lines and frown lines. What most of the people don’t know is that Botox has great appliance also for medical use.
Strangely enough, Botox injections have been used in medical treatments for more than five decades and for cosmetic treatments have been approved by the Food&Drug Administration only in 2002.
The major uses of Botox injections in non-cosmetic medicine are:
- Excessive muscles contractions such as:
- Cervical dystonia.
- Excessive sweating or drooling.
Excessive muscle contractions can be the result of cerebral palsy or genetic nervous diseases while the cause of cervical dystonia is not known although the area of the brain involved has been identified. Contractions may be really painful and debilitating. Moreover the movement are very limited by the contractions.
The same principle applied by cosmetic (paralyze the muscle to limit contractions) is useful to treat this diseases. This applies tostrabism too because it involves the eye muscles. Blepharospasm is excessive blinking and can be treated the same way. Excessive sweating and drooling are caused by the same glands, the axillary ones.
Botox injections can be used to reduce the secretions of such glands.
We will talk about this more in details in a future article. The effect of Botox injections start seven to ten days after the treatment and generally lasts three or four months. One of the major concerns is that the body could generate antibodies and stop the effect of the botulin toxin. One of the possible solution is distancing the Botox injections and use as little medicine as possible.