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Two Surprising Uses for Botox

Published on August 17, 2016 by

I think that this email may surprise many of you…..!

If I asked 100 of you what you think Botox is for, what do you think 99.9 per cent would say?

Yes, you’re right – “Getting rid of lines and wrinkles,” “Looking younger”, “anti-ageing”…. and certainly it does do those things.

But Botox also has another, secret side, which I love revealing to people (especially those who are Botox sceptics). Did you know that in addition to giving you smoother skin, Botox is widely used to help many medical conditions?

For example, if you’re a migraine sufferer, you’ll be only too familiar with how life-limiting these pounding headaches can be.

A few weeks ago we had a patient cancel an appointment because she had a migraine. She was due to have a Hydrofacial treatment, but she rang our reception staff almost in tears, because she was reduced to the point where she couldn’t even leave her room, let alone attend an appointment.

This happened to her regularly, every couple of weeks, and severely affected her ability to function. Yet she hadn’t found any medication to solve the problem.

She was extremely surprised when our Reception staff told her to arrange another appointment, when the migraine was over – for Botox.

The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency licensed it as an effective treatment for chronic migraines in 2010.

It’s not 100% clear why it works – its effectiveness for migraines was discovered accidentally, when patients getting Botox reported a reduction in migraines – but it’s believed that the drug affects the central pain processing system that creates migraine headaches.

The treatment involves Botox being injected at a number of sites, including the forehead and the back of the head, through a course of treatment at three-monthly intervals over 15 months.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t reduce your wrinkles at the same time. But if you’re a migraine sufferer, it will reduce the number of days you get migraines, as well as their intensity.

It might just give you your life back.

Migraines aren’t the only medical condition that can benefit from Botox, though. It’s also a great treatment option for excessive sweating.

Again, I’m well aware through conversations with my patients as to how demoralising and distressing this condition can be.

From worrying about embarrassing sweat marks, to concerns that others will think they have a hygiene problem, patients regularly tell me that they’re caught in a vicious cycle – the more they worry about the sweat, the more they sweat…..

When you know that you are the only person in the room who looks like they’ve just been through a workout, every meeting becomes stressful. Antiperspirants are virtually useless in this scenario. Your dry-cleaning bills are driven sky-high.

Botox blocks the signals that the brain sends to the sweat glands.
In such cases, Botox injections are given in affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face and can last up to eight months.

For that period, at least, you won’t be known as “the one who sweats”.

The list of conditions where Botox can help is endless, from overactive bladder to muscle spasms. A couple of recent studies have suggested that paralysing key facial muscles with Botox can even reduce the symptoms of depression.

At Riverbanks, we use it to help our patients with migraines and excessive sweating. If you’d like to find out more about how it can help you – or someone you know – with either of these conditions, just hit ‘reply’.

We may just turn you into a Botox user after all 🙂