Non Cosmetic Use of Botox Boston
Non-cosmetic uses of botulinum toxins such as Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau® and Xeomin® help with tension and migraine headaches, facial asymmetry, stop teeth grinding, and much more.
What are Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau® and Xeomin®?
Botox® Cosmetic is a registered brand name of a neuromodulator that is produced from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Small controlled amounts of the neuromodulator have been shown to have significant positive effects for conditions like uncontrolled blinking, extreme sweating, migraine headaches, lazy eye, and more. The FDA approved Botox® for these uses in 1989. After more than a decade of use, the FDA approved Botox® for cosmetic purposes in 2002. Botox® along with Dysport® and Xeomin® are now approved to reduce crow’s feet around the eyes, soften frown lines between the eyebrows, and relax lines in the forehead. Unapproved off-label uses of these neuromodulators include relaxing lines around the lips, nose and mouth, and on the neck.
How do these Neuromodulators work?
Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® work to block acetylcholine, the nerve transmitter that causes muscles to contract. Injecting a neuromodulator into the muscle reduces or stops these movements, thereby relaxing the muscle. The relaxation of muscle movement is used to treat a variety of physical conditions as outlined below.
Excessive perspiration, alternatively known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that can cause people to feel self-conscious and embarrassed. Botulinum injections work by disabling the sweat glands temporarily in the affected areas, helping to substantially reduce the amount of perspiration. This treatment is used in the armpits, the palms, and potentially anywhere that excessive perspiration is a concern.
Facial Asymmetry and Bell’s Palsy
For people with synechiae (or movement of the wrong part of the face as a result of Bell’s palsy), or who have an asymmetric appearance due to muscle weakness from Bell’s palsy, it is quite possible to improve things with botulinum. The treatment works by relaxing specific facial muscles so that the drooping is not as evident or so that only the desired muscle contracts.
Most people who grind their teeth do not even know they are doing it. In fact, in more than 80% of cases, the most significant grinding occurs at night while the person is fast asleep. Symptoms such as jaw pain and tightness can be the first evidence of tooth grinding. In more severe cases, people might break their teeth, lose fillings, or even grind the enamel away to the point that they expose the sensitive nerve to the air.
Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® is injected into the masseter muscles, which are the large muscles on the sides of your jaw that help clench when you chew . When you grind your teeth, these muscles of mastication are in overdrive. Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® relax the masseter muscles and can put an end to the grinding. These injections are quick and nearly pain-free, and you can enjoy the results for as long as nine months at a time.
Patients who suffer from migraine attacks know just how debilitating headaches can be. Many different medications are available for migraines, but sometimes the best treatment is Botulinum injections with Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®. The treatments are usually administered every three months and can help prevent and reduce the severity of migraine headaches. You’ll have significant improvement with your headaches as well as fewer wrinkles!
Twitching and Spasm Conditions
Patients who suffer from eye or muscle twitching, spasms, and even varying degrees of squinting can also benefit from having treatment on a regular basis. In people with strabismus (crossed eyes), Botulinum injections are administered directly into the affected eye in an effort to relax the muscles responsible for the squinting and in most cases, this enables the eyes to re-align correctly. As with many other Botox-related treatments, it is recommended for injections to be carried out every six months.
Arranging a Consultation
The most important step in preparing for neuromodulator treatment is deciding on the right doctor to perform it. Dr. Onir is a highly qualified and experienced medical professional who will be happy to tell you more about the use of neuromodulators – Botox, Dysport, Xeomin – and their benefits. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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