Botox – Beyond the Wrinkles

Botox is universally known for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and providing a more youthful, vibrant appearance. There are other benefits to Botox that may not be known or understood, including using it for medical solutions. Below is a list of ten benefits of Botox, some of which may be surprising.

1.    Prevent Migraines

A migraine headache can be debilitating and often causes people to do almost anything to relieve the pain or the episodes. The good news is Botox has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for migraines and can actually be covered by insurance.

2.    Correct Eye Conditions

It may be hard to believe, but Botox injections can help correct certain eye conditions such as crossed eyes, blurred vision, and eyelid spasms. Botox solves these problems by relaxing eye muscles so that they don’t work against each other.

3.    Stop Bladder Incontinence

While not a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections in the bladder can help control an overactive bladder by increasing the bladder’s volume. This is good news for many, especially for women who tend to have bladder control problems.

4.    Stop Excessive Sweating

Some people suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Botox injections can be a solution for this condition, and can even last for up to two years!

5.    Smile Into Happiness

According to a study done by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, women who have Botox in their frown lines are actually happier. The idea is that by having the face temporarily paralyzed from frowning, it causes more smiling, which in turn lifts a person’s mood.

6.    Joint Pain Relief

Another non-cosmetic use of Botox is joint pain relief. There is research that shows that Botox injections can relieve pain in the shoulders, knees, and hips.

7.    Goodbye, Allergies

Right now, researchers are studying a special Botox gel, which when injected into the nasal cavities stops sneezing. Those with allergies may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

8.    Reduce the Appearance of Unsightly Scars

In addition to Botox helping eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, it can also help alleviate the look of scars. Some surgeons use Botox when removing skin cancer to reduce scarring, while other doctors use Botox to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

9.    Eliminate Neck Cords

Neck bands or cords (lines around your neck) can be smoothed out with Botox and give the neck a more  youthful appearance.

10.    TMJ Relief

Another pain-relieving benefit of Botox is TMJ or jaw pain relief. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause pain when chewing, headaches, hearing loss and a popping sound with your jaw. It is believed that by relaxing the jaw muscles, Botox relieves TMJ symptoms.

While Botox helps many patients regain confidence by reducing and eliminating wrinkles, there are several other benefits and applications.

To learn more, or understand if any of these uses are applicable to your situation, call Dr. Comizio’s office to discuss your options: (973) 775-9248.