Most people know of Botox for its cosmetic uses, which include reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye and forehead region. However, in recent years the medical applications of Botox have become more known and it has been approved to be effective in treating a range of health conditions. Your oral surgeon in Houston shares the 8 uses that have gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval below.
Medical Uses of Botox
To use Botox medically, the substance can be injected directly to the area that causes problems when it spasms. Using Botox medically is different than a cosmetic application and will not produce the same wrinkle-reducing results unless you also receive treatment targeted specifically to these areas.
According to the FDA, the following 8 health conditions can be treated with Botox.
- Neuromuscular conditions that affect one’s ability to control their muscles, like cerebral palsy
- Severe migraines or chronic headaches: Botox is the only preventive measure that has been approved to help stop severe migraines and headaches
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Muscle stiffness
- Twitching eyes
- Spasms of the neck and shoulder muscles
For patients dealing with these chronic health issues, medical Botox can be a real lifesaver.
Where Can I Get Medical Botox?
In order to benefit from Botox targeted for medical treatment, you need to visit a dentist, Houston oral surgeon, or doctor who is trained in its therapeutic uses. Visiting a spa that offers Botox looking for migraine or muscle stiffness treatment is not a good idea. Schedule a consultation with a doctor offering this service to fully discuss your treatment plan and to learn more about how Botox can help in your specific case.
You will start to notice the effects of Botox about 3 days after your treatment. And, just like with cosmetic Botox, you will need to have a retreatment every 4 to 5 months to continue enjoying the medical benefits of Botox for muscle control, headaches, or whatever is being treated.
The applications of Botox are wider than what you may have thought. To benefit from medical Botox, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a professional offering this service!
Meet the Practice
The team at Piney Point OMS offers Houston oral surgery services and cosmetic Botox treatments for patients who are interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye and forehead zone. To learn more about this treatment, how it works, or to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact the office at 713-783-5560.