BOTOX ® is short for botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein that is most commonly used in cosmetic dermatology to treat wrinkles, brow lines and facial creases.? BOTOX ® has become more popular over the years due to its less invasive nature, its affordability and the speed of the procedure and results. It is also favored because of the temporary nature of its side effects, which only last as long as the treatment.
Although BOTOX ® is used primarily in cosmetic dermatology, it also has a large number of alternative uses.
Migraine sufferers can now use BOTOX ® injections as a form of treatment. The injections block the brain receptors from registering migraine pain, thus providing relief.
Prostate and Bladder
BOTOX ® can be used to treat an enlarged prostate and incontinence. The injections reduce the size of the prostate and treat associated side effects. BOTOX ® also relaxes bladder muscles, treating some forms of incontinence.
Sufferers of hyperhidrosis can be treated using BOTOX ® as the injections impede the nerves that control the sweat glands.
Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Spastic Muscular Conditions
Because BOTOX ® injections relax muscles that are in spasm, lessening muscle contractions, they are often used to treat sufferers of Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and other muscle response disorders.