Even though Botox is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum, the synthetic version of Botox may be good for your health. If you’re looking for treatment options less expensive (and less invasive) than surgery, Botox cosmetic treatments may be a great option for you.
Botox was originally developed as a treatment overactive eye spasms; its freezing effect on facial muscles often stopped or greatly decreased patients’ spasms. That’s how its now well-known effects on wrinkles were discovered: since patients couldn’t make the movements that made the wrinkles more pronounced— so their wrinkles were often far less pronounced after Botox cosmetic treatments.
Some people have a condition called hyperhidrosis—which causes excessive sweating. Prescription-strength antiperspirants can help with this, but Botox has often helped people manage their symptoms for months at a time.
You may have read that Botox is also used in the treatment of migraines. The exact reason why they’ve been shown to be helpful for so many people is still unknown, but many doctors believe it’s due to the freezing effect of Botox inhibiting the sending and receiving of pain messages between the brain and the rest of the body— while relaxing the muscles. These are likely reasons for the decrease in the intensity of migraine pain, and the onset of the pain being less sudden.
While you often hear women talking about using Botox, it can have specific health benefits for men, too. Some studies suggest that Botox may be an effective treatment for enlarged prostate (and the UTIs and pain that occur with it). It’s also worth noting that one injection of Botox can often help men manage their enlarged prostate symptoms for up to a year.
There’s another reason Botox is appealing to both men and women patients who receive treatment. There have been remarkably few side effects observed for Botox treatments, when compared to their prescription medication counterparts— and the positive effects last longer, without having to take it every day. The only side effects—drooping at the injection site, slight bruising, bleeding, or burning sensation–are very short-lived. While the side effects for prescription antiperspirants, migraine medications, and enlarged prostate medications are far more numerous, and can occur for as long (or as often) as you take the medication.
We’re excited to be on the cutting edge of health and wellness by offering these low-side-effect, long-term relief options to our patient. Call us or set up a consultation today to see how Botox could get you feeling better faster— and for longer.