People mainly consider Botox Treatment for removing wrinkles and signs of aging and boost the youthful glow. The treatment has become immensely popular in the last two decades. It involves the use of Botulinum Toxin that is injected into the skin to restrict the muscles of the targeted area to prevent muscle contraction. It stops the formation of wrinkles on the face, around the eyes, and neck. However, apart from this beauty treatment, it has some other medicinal purposes as well. Doctors use it for treating different health conditions like:
#1. Treating Overactive Bladder
It leads to urinary incontinence, where he loses control over the bladder. The patients feel the frequent and urgent need to urinate, and sometimes it leads to leakage. It affects his quality of life. In such a situation, the urologist opts for injecting Botox into the patient’s urinary bladder by inserting it through the urethra using a cystoscope. This injection helps in the regular contraction of the bladder and normalizes the patient’s urination.
#2. Upper Limb Spasticity
The patient suffering from upper limb spasticity shows signs of stiff elbows, clenched fists, inability to control the movement of arms, wrists, and fingers. In this condition, the patient experiences involuntary contraction of the arm muscles and suffers from pain. This health condition occurs due to the improper functioning of the nervous system. Upper limb spasticity is also caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, injured spinal cord or brain. Therefore, the doctors use Botox injections to inject the toxin into the muscles of the affected area to control the effects of this upper limb spasticity.
#3. Excessive Underarm Sweating
This condition is also known as Hyperhidrosis. Underarm sweating occurs when the underarm nerves feel the sweat glands’ impulse to produce glands leading to perspiration. Sometimes fear, anxiety, and embarrassment also send this trigger. Doctors also resort to Botox treatment in this situation, where the toxin is injected into the muscles that pump sweat onto the skin surface. As a result, Botox reduces the quantity of sweat production in the underarm.
#4. Crooked Eyes
The condition of having crooked eyes is also known as Strabismus. Due to this condition, the muscles around the eyes lose their balance and control, and contractions. As a result, the muscles abnormally pull the eye, causing misalignment of the eyes. The condition affects vision and problematizes focusing and can also cause double vision and blurring. Sometimes the condition causes soreness with trouble in perceiving depth. The doctors prescribe Botox injections for the affected eye muscles to relax them and align the yes back to the normal position by pulling the muscles sideways. However, it is not prescribed for children having regular Strabismus. Instead, it is only meant for treating paralytic Strabismus.
#5. Eyelid Muscle Spasms
The condition of having spasms in the eyelid muscles is called blepharospasm. People suffering from this condition cannot control blinking their eyes frequently. They also experience watery eyes along with irritation and pain. This condition affects the quality of life as the patient finds it difficult to perform regular activities. Botox is injected into the muscles of the eyelids to stop the twitching of muscles. The effect lasts for a few months.
So, we may conclude that Botox is also used for other medical reasons apart from removing wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure is approved by FDA and is safe and painless. It benefits people suffering from the above-stated conditions and improves their lives.