Botulinum toxin is a material that has been known for over a century and used for medical purposes for more than 50 years. Its initial uses were for lazy eye, blepharospasm (a condition which causes inability to move the eyelids in certain ways), and cervical dystonia.
In 2002, botox injections were approved for improving and relaxing frown lines in the area between the eyes on the forehead. In 2004, it was approved for excess sweating and in 2010 botox injections was approved for the treatment of migraine headaches. A common misconception is that Botox actually paralyzes the muscles but in reality it allows the patient to have some limited activity but not so much that they have over activity of the areas.
Applications of botox injections
Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. The frequent use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections are also useful in conditions that affect how the body functions. Examples of these include
If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, Botox injections will help to reduce headache frequency.
The initial use of botox injections was to treat lazy eye. Most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye and the botox help in solving that problem.
This painful condition causes your neck muscles to contract involuntarily which eventually leave your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position. Botox injections may help relieve involuntarily contracture or twitching of neck muscles.
Some neurological conditions like as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some of these cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections.
This condition causes excessive sweating even when the temperature isn’t hot due to excessive muscle contraction so botox is also beneficial in this.
Are you a good candidate for Botox?
The FDA has approved Botox injections for people aged 18 to 65. But you shouldn’t use it if you:
- Are allergic to any ingredients which are present in Botox or Botox Cosmetic
- Are allergic to some other botulinum toxin brand or had any side effect from these products in the past
- Have skin infection or other condition in the injection area
- Have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis
- Diseases that affects your muscles or nerves
- Have breathing problems, such as asthma
- Have difficulty swallowing
- Have bleeding issues
- Plan to undergo surgery
Zaki Anwar MD is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. He has great expertise for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, headaches, migraines, neck pain, sciatica pain and various pain conditions. His center is offering successful botox treatments for various conditions.
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