Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. They're also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms, TMJ issues, excessive sweating , and chronic migraines.
How does Botox work?
When it comes to non-surgical cosmetic treatments, Botox has definitely proven to be the leader of the pack. Each year over six million Botox procedures are successfully administered. Botox is derived from an organism that is found in the natural environment. It is a neurotoxin that is largely inactive and is also non-toxic. Botox is injected in to the common problem areas, such as the forehead or around the mouth. Then each injection of Botox goes to work by preventing signals from the nerve cells in reaching the muscles, thus paralyzing the underlying muscles and reducing the appearance of both fine lines and wrinkles. This can also aid in muscles spasm reduction and block sweat glads to reduce excessive sweating.
Botox and TMJ disorder:
BOTOX for TMJ is injected into the jaw muscles, forehead, and temple depending on your symptoms. The injections will cause the jaw muscles to have a limited function which can bring pain relief and decrease TMJ symptoms. After a few months, the results will wear off and require more injections for continuous relief. Treatment plans can be created for individual patients. Frequency depends on each case.
Is Botox safe?
Researchers consider Botox to be relatively safe when compared to other, more-invasive cosmetic procedures. Although risks do exist, a recent study found that when performed by a board-certified dermatologist, less than 1 percent of patients experience an issue.
Botox and Migraines:
Doctors think Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox is like a roadblock in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
Botox is only FDA-approved for chronic migraines, which means headache on 15 or more days a month. “The more frequent the headaches, the better the patient does with Botox,” says Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld, Director, The Headache Center of Southern California. Botox is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.
Botox and excessive sweating:
The treatment is usually very effective; resulting in an almost complete cessation of underarm or facial sweating that can last up to six months from just one treatment session. It is important to note that Botox® injections for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is not a cure.
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