FIVE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS WITH BOTOX
A “gummy” smile, one that’s characterized by a smile that shows too much of the gums when the upper lip rises too far above the upper teeth when smiling. Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the muscles so that it won’t raise as high and your smile will seem better-balanced.
EXCESSIVE SWEATING (FDA APPROVED)
While not the most common problem, Botox has been approved for “severe underarm sweating” as well as sweating palms. (The technical term is axillary hyperhidrosis.) Botox injections have been proven to alleviate symptoms of sweating by blocking the release of the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands.
The product is injected just under the skin where the sweat glands are located. Botox injections treat the condition for up to seven months.)
One of these regions where Botox is being used is the neck — bringing about the term “Botox neck lift.”
The platysma muscle in the neck plays a role in the appearance of the neck as people age. Over the course of time, thick vertical platysmal bands often become visible, running in a V-shape from the top portion of the neck to the base. These often result in a “turkey gobbler” look. Properly administered Botox injections can relax this area and soften prominent neck bands.
Once injected into the neck bands, it begins to block the nerve receptors and prevents nerve impulses from reaching the muscle. Within a day or so, recipients typically begin to notice the effects. This controlled relaxation of certain muscles helps to minimize wrinkles and relax prominent muscle lines.
MIGRAINES (FDA APPROVED)
The FDA has also approved Botox to treat chronic migraines. The injections are is given around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms and offer an effective treatment when other medications are not well-tolerated, or if the patients does not have relief using those medications.
The procedure produces results lasting up to three months, depending on the individual patient. Botox may offer a safe and effective preventative treatment option to help people with chronic migraine manage their migraine and improve their quality of life.
URINARY INCONTINENCE (FDA APPROVED)
Overactive bladder affects up to 20% of people – mainly women – over the age of 40. It is a type of urinary problem whose symptoms include having to urinate often, the need to get up in the night to use the bathroom, and wetting accidents before reaching the toilet.
A 2012 study published in the journal European Urology found that injecting Botox into the wall of the bladder is an effective way of treating the debilitating condition in which people have a sudden urge to pass urine. So Botox injections are one option for treating this condition when other treatments have not been effective.
Those treated with Botox in the study saw the number of times that they had symptoms fall from six a day to less than one a day. However, the benefits started to wear off after around six months.