It’s widely known that Botox is great at softening unwanted wrinkles – forehead and frown lines, and crows’ feet around the eyes. But research into Botox’s uses as a medical toxin is being constantly developed, and it turns out that it’s good for more than just wrinkles! Here we explain some of the unexpected benefits that you might receive from getting Botox treatment in Suffolk.
Botox can prevent excessive sweating
There is no known cure for excessive sweating – formally known as hyperhidrosis – but the condition is surprisingly common. Many people find they sweat excessively in one area after even the lightest of exercise, and even in the mildest of weather. Common areas for this to occur are the hairline, the palms of the hands, and the underarms or armpits. But though the condition cannot be cured, its symptoms can be significantly reduced with the help of Botox. A Botox injection into the afflicted area will reduce the sweat glands’ ability to produce sweat, leaving you feeling fresher and drier for up to 6 months.
Botox can help an overactive bladder
Believe it or not, Botox can also help reduce the unfortunate effects of an overactive bladder. One study, which tested the efficacy of Botox in treating overactive bladders, found that 70% of the women involved reported 3 ‘leaks’ a day, in comparison to the untreated group which suffered 5. Botox injections are temporary, and so, like those of excessive sweating, the symptoms of an overactive bladder will only be lessened for 6 months. The effects on the lives of sufferers, however, can be astounding.
Botox can reduce migraines
It is estimated that 6 million people in the UK suffer from migraines. In the mid-1990s, several migraine sufferers receiving Botox treatments for other reasons found a significant improvement in the severity of their headaches. In 2010 a study was carried out testing the efficacy of Botox in treating moderate to severe migraines. Amazingly, results showed that, after 12 months of spaced treatments, 70% of those who received Botox injections in the head and neck experienced more than a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches. The original hypothesis – that the injections were so effective because they relax overactive muscles in the affected area – turned out to be wrong, and research is still being conducted to figure out just why Botox might have this effect. But whilst the cause is uncertain, the results are undeniably positive!
Botox can reduce eye spasms or strabismus (a.k.a ‘crossed eyes’)
Amazingly, Botox can also be used to prevent eye spasms, also known as blepharospasms. The toxin is injected into muscles in the eyelid, inhibiting their ability to contract as intensely. The severity of the eye spasms are therefore greatly reduced and the sufferer is able to go through their daily life with reduced levels of self-consciousness. It is in a similar way that Botox can be used to treat strabismus, sometimes referred to as ‘crossed eyes’. In fact, these two uses for Botox were some of the first to be officially approved!
The benefits of Botox as a medical treatment are numerous, but one of its most effective – and certainly most popular – uses is for softening fine lines and wrinkles in the face. Botox procedures are safest when performed by certified professionals, so if you’re considering treatment in Suffolk, why not contact Rebecca Taylor Aesthetics, and begin your journey today?