Lots of us know Botox as being the toxin that works wonders at reducing wrinkles and softening lines. Botox for cosmetic and aesthetic uses was approved by the FDA over 15 years ago and continues to be administered safely and expertly by experienced medical professionals like Dr James Willis himself.
However, at Falmouth Facial Aesthetics we are also experienced in the management of medical conditions with the use of Botox. Most people aren’t aware that Botox is capable of so much more than treating the signs of premature ageing in the face – it actually has a diverse range of medical uses that positively impact your quality of life.
So, what are the medical uses of Botox?
Excess sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that causes the body to over-produce sweat in areas like the underarms, hands, and feet. It is a very real, often debilitating condition for some people, causing them discomfort in social situations and even impacting their daily life. Often high-street products and deodorants can’t combat this condition because it concerns the sweat glands, not the superficial skin, and those suffering may feel too embarrassed to ask for help. However, Botox injections in the affected area can help to relieve these symptoms and re-establish control. Small and precise injections are used to relax the sweat glands that are working overtime, producing results that can last several months.
Teeth clenching can cause facial pain, jaw pain, and even migraines. Sometimes the muscles in our neck and shoulders can even be affected by this grinding, seizing up and becoming tight. Botox can be injected into the spasm or clenching muscle in the jaw to relax it and prohibit it from working as aggressively, alleviating pain in the jaw and re-introducing mobility and function.
Muscle tension and pain is controlled by a neurotransmitter in the muscles, but medical injections of Botox can help to inhibit the release of this substance. It works by simply blocking the signals of pain, allowing us to move freely and uninhibited. It’s particularly effective in areas such as the back and the neck, where it can improve the pain experienced and even introduce a new degree of movement and mobility to the area.
Depression, scientists believe, can also be treated with Botox. This works along the connection of physical expression and chemicals released in the brain. By essentially reversing the process and lessening the ability to frown, the brain is tricked into not releasing the corresponding chemicals that lowers our mood. Botox injections ‘reverse engineer’ the emotions, so to speak, by limiting a facial expression and therefore lessening its emotional impact on us.
Botox is effective at treating expressive areas of the face to reduce wrinkles, but it has so much more potential. New research is being carried out and is discovering more and more potential uses of the diverse toxin to accompany those that are already being practiced and regulated.
Falmouth Facial Aesthetics’ own Dr James Willis can help with not only wrinkle reduction and cosmetic appearance, but also more complex medical conditions. With over 30 years’ experience in facial aesthetics and second-to-none medical knowledge, our expert clinic in Falmouth can help re-establish control of the conditions that plague you.
If you are experiencing a medical condition that feels beyond your control, we can help.