In 2018, there were more than 7.43 million Botulinum Toxin Type A injections administered in the U.S. alone. That’s an increase of more than two hundred thousand injections from the year before!
Now, you may think that most people get Botox for aesthetic reasons. The fact is, there are more medical benefits of Botox than cosmetic ones.
That’s right. In fact, the earliest uses of Botox injections were for treating various illnesses. And today, the medical segment accounts for 51% of global Botox applications.
Ready to learn all about how Botox can benefit your health? Then let’s dive right into it!
- Fewer Migraine Headaches
In 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox injections as a treatment for migraine headaches. This applies to people who go through eight episodes of migraines (out of 15 days of having headaches in a month).
Studies confirm that Botox injections reduce the number of “headache days”. In one study, 25% of patients saw a reduction from 19 headache days to only 14.5 days in a month. Moreover, the patients took fewer medications and tolerated the treatment well.
That said, consider preventative Botox if you suffer from chronic migraine. This way, you can also avoid having to rely on potentially-addictive pain killers. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the injections’ anti-aging benefits.
- Minimizes Symptoms of Severe Neck Pain caused by Cervical Dystonia
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of the muscles. It may not be that widely-known, but it still affects up to 250,000 people in the United States.
Cervical dystonia is the most common type of dystonia, and it affects the neck muscles. One thing that sets CD apart from other dystonias is its higher pain incidence.
Luckily, tiny doses of botulinum toxin help lessen the pain and other symptoms it causes. Up to 90% of people with CD can find relief from their symptoms with Botox shots.
- Helps Keep Blepharospasm at Bay
Blepharospasm is another type of dystonia that causes uncontrollable blinking of the eyes. In other people, it causes involuntary eye twitching or even both. There are even some who find it hard to open their eyes due to all the blinking or twitching!
The good news is, a Botox injection can help ease those spasms by weakening the muscles in the eyelids. In fact, one of the FDA’s first-ever approval for botulinum toxin was for blepharospasm. This was back in 1989 — 13 years before Botox got approved by the administration for wrinkles.
- A Way to Drier Underarms
Do you sweat in such massive amounts that your clothes end up dripping wet? If so, then you likely have hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. You’re not alone either — in the U.S., up to 7.8 million people suffer from it.
If you have excessive sweating from the underarms, Botox may be your saving grace.
That’s right. Of the many FDA-approved Botox uses, one is for treating excessive underarm sweating. With this, you can finally say goodbye to too much sweat that may also be affecting your self-esteem.
- … And a “Drier” Bladder
You can also get Botox injections as a treatment for an overactive bladder. Again, this is an FDA-approved use for Botox and one that can help many of the 33 million Americans who have OAB.
We have botulinum toxin’s muscle-relaxing effects to thank for this. When injected into the bladder wall, the protein helps reduce muscle contraction. This decrease in contraction then leads to reduced leakage in the bladder or the urge to urinate.
Moreover, Botox has also shown to increase the storage capacity of the bladder. Meaning, it can hold more urine, which again helps prevent OAB symptoms.
- Brings Eyes Back to their Proper Alignment
Strabismus is the medical term for the condition otherwise known as “cross-eyes”. In people who have this, their eyes don’t align simultaneously. One eye may be looking straight ahead, while the other turns in another direction (left, right, up, or down).
This often happens if one of the two muscles that move the eyes sideways become weak. This then leads to the stronger muscle pulling the eye in the opposite direction. The end result is the eyes’ “cross-eyed” appearance.
One way to treat this visual problem is to inject Botox into the more dominant muscle. This relaxes the stronger muscle, allowing the weaker one to recover. Once it does, the eyes will then regain their proper alignment.
- Provides Relief from TMJ Symptoms
“Off-label” Botox treatments have also expanded to helping ease TMJ disorder symptoms. Disorders of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) can cause pain in the jaw. They can also cause headaches that result from excessive teeth grinding.
In more severe cases, TMJ disorder can even lead to lockjaw.
These are symptoms that studies, like this one, have found Botox to have decreasing effects on. The researchers found that the injections resulted in a significant reduction in pain. Moreover, they noted improvements in the patients’ jaw movements.
- Can Aid in Reducing the Production of Acne-Causing Oil
Acne can result from many factors, but in a lot of cases, it’s due to excessive oil production. Too much oil plugs up the follicles and can also cause the pores’ cell walls to break down. This then allows bacteria to grow and lead to breakouts.
Botox once again comes to the rescue with its ability to reduce oil production. In one study, 85% of 20 acne sufferers saw improvements in their acne symptoms. Aside from decreased oil production, Botox also helped minimize pore size.
- Overall Better Quality of Life
All the above-mentioned conditions can have a drastic effect on one’s quality of life. For instance, chronic migraine and severe neck pain are debilitating. An overactive bladder can also be a huge cause of embarrassment for its sufferers.
Since Botox can help treat or reduce their symptoms, it follows that it can help improve the quality of life. So, not only does it help with appearance — it can also do wonders to one’s physical and mental health!
Live Fuller and Happier with these Benefits of Botox
There you have it, some of the top medical benefits of Botox you likely weren’t aware of. As you can see, Botox injections do more than just soften wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, these cosmetic benefits are more of a bonus, seeing that Botox has more health benefits.
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