With over six million procedures performed in 2013, Botox® injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in America. Though many of these procedures were for cosmetic purposes, the botulinum toxin has more applications other than just reducing wrinkles. It can be used to treat muscular conditions and other health concerns. For non cosmetic uses of botox, many health insurance companies cover the expense of Botox® treatment although this depends on the individual insurance plan.
Overactive Bladder and Incontinence
Treatment with Botox® can reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of overactive bladder. By paralyzing the muscles in the bladder, the frequency of urination and the probability of incontinence is reduced. The muscles and nerves around overactive bladders that signal the need to urinate are also paralyzed, so the urgency to go is greatly reduced.
In 2010, the FDA approved Botox® as a treatment for chronic migraine headaches. Injections reduce nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sounds and smells caused by migraines. Treatment does not always alleviate these symptoms immediately, and multiple treatments might be needed.
Excessive sweating in the underarms, hands and feet can take a toll on your personal and social life. Injecting Botox® in these areas interrupts the release of the chemical that signals your sweat glands. If you have tried prescription-strength antiperspirants with no results, injections may be your best option.
Muscle Spasms and Crossed Eyes
Spasticity, or a condition where the muscles feel stiff and heavy, causes lack of muscle control in people with multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms. Botox® injections loosen up these muscles and ease involuntary muscle contractions and can even relieve eye twitching for months.
Crossed eyes are also caused by overly-tightened muscles. Formally known as strabismus, crossed eyes are easily treated with only a couple injections. Injecting Botox® into the crossed eye causes the muscle to loosen up, allowing the eye to look straight again.
Essential tremor is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking of different parts of the body. It can affect the head, arms, tongue and hands, among other areas. Though it will not cause the tremors to stop altogether, Botox® treatment can reduce laryngeal and head tremors. This can make breathing, eating and other essential bodily functions much easier.
Bell’s palsy is a nerve disorder that induces weakness or complete paralysis of the muscles faceoff facial expression on side of the face. The effects of the condition occur suddenly and usually subside within two weeks. However, Bell’s Palsy can be permanent at times. But for symptoms that last longer, Botox® treatment may be of use to re-establish improved facial symmetry. These injections can help relax muscles and reduce unwanted muscle movement in the affected area, or reduce muscle activity in the unaffected side of the face. By doing so, you can even out the look of your face and even make tasks like eating easier.
Botox® Treatment Procedure
Botox® treatment is a fairly standard procedure for trained professionals. The substance is injected into muscles in the affected area. Treatment is temporary, and it can take days or a couple of weeks to notice improvements. Symptoms may return, but repeat injections at appropriate intervals may lessen the amount of time they take to reappear. Good candidates for Botox® treatments are healthy, at least 18 years old, and are not pregnant or nursing.
If you think Botox® treatments are right for you, our trained medical professionals are here to help you. Please call us if you are ready to reduce unwanted medical symptoms and improve your quality of life.