Everyone knows Botox is great for softening the crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. In fact, it’s much loved for treating these areas. Because it is a medical toxin, however, it’s medical uses are constantly being developed and researched. We’re pleased to be able to bring you some unexpected uses for Botox in Brighton, including some surprising medical uses too!
Botox for excessive sweating (Available with Allison Jeffery)
Let’s begin with Botox for excessive sweating. This is also known as hyperhidrosis and, sadly, there is no know cure for this condition as of yet. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no way of lessening high sweat levels in localised areas. Lots of people, whether during exercise or hot weather or simply walking to work, find that they sweat excessively in one area. Common areas for these uneven levels of sweating are the hairline, palms of the hands, and underarms or armpits. Injecting the toxin into the target area helps to lessen the sweat glands ability to produce as much sweat, leaving you feeling fresher and drier for up to 6 months.
Botox for migraines (Available with Allison Jeffery)
A study was conducted on the efficacy of Botox when used to treat moderate to severe recurring migraines. Amazingly, after 12 months of appropriately spaced treatments, 70% of those treated with Botox in the head and neck expressed a reduction in their headaches by more than 50%! It’s not fully understood why it works and how it has this effect, but it’s not though to work in the way it typically does. That is, it’s not thought to relax overactive muscles in the area. Research is constantly being performed into the how and the why, but there’s no denying that it works!
Botox for eye spasms & crossed eyes
Doctors can also use the versatile toxin for treating eye spasms, or blepharospasms. The neurotoxin is injected into the eyelid muscles to inhibit their ability to contract as animatedly and aggressively. This results in less of an eye spasm or twitch and therefore greater ability to communicate and go about daily life without feeling self-conscious. Strangely, doctors can also use Botox to treat crossed eyes! These uses were two of the first that were approved for Botox.
Botox for an overactive bladder
If you thought this treatment began with forehead wrinkles and ended with excessive sweating, then rethink and then think again. In a study on treating overactive bladders with Botox, one medical professor found that 70% of the women involved reported 3 ‘leaks’ a day compared to the untreated group of women who suffered 5. Of course, it is only performed by doctors, temporary, and lasts between 6-12 months, but this treatment is similar to excessive sweating in that it can be very freeing for the women who opt for it.
While Botox has many medical uses, it remains of course the favourite treatment for softening fine lines and wrinkles in the face. It’s very safe when performed by certified hands, so why not begin your journey with Allison Jeffery Skin Health and Laser Clinic in Brighton today? Enquire online to book your initial consultation with our Harley Street doctors.