Most patients are aware that the injectable is typically used to get rid of wrinkles, but less know of its myriad other uses.
From Migraines to Sweats
Botox is an injectable with an extremely general mechanism of action. When injected, Botox, a short hand for the neurotoxin Botulinum toxin, blocks signals from the nerves to the brain. Thus, at the area of injection, muscles relax.
That’s why Botox has so many uses, with hundreds of studies of its uses by different doctors in the vault. For example, Allergan is currently working to show that Botox may have anti-depressant effects. Some studies seem to show as much.
The hypothesized mechanism of action is that Botox blocks out “sad signals” from muscles associated with negative emotion (such as the muscles you use to frown).
Similarly, many migraines occur due to tension in muscles around the jaw and scalp. Injecting Botox relaxes the area, ameliorating the migraines.
Excessive sweating in the armpits or the hands can be caused by overactivity in the nerves the signal the sweat glands. When Botox blocks these signals, the body produces less sweat in these areas.
Why You Might Consider Botox
Beyond the sheer versatility of Botox, its main advantage is how eminently safe it is. Botox is a procedure with temporary effects, and anyone who is unhappy with results can simply let it wear off naturally.
Besides that, Botox is fast an easy. It’s a procedure that only takes 15-30 minutes and has no downtime at all.
Therefore, anyone considering cosmetic treatment for the first time should look to Botox as one of their first candidates.
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