Botox use in Non-Cosmetic Treatments

Botox is a purified protein that is derived from bacteria. It blocks the communication between nerves and muscles and causes a form of paralysis in the area that it is injected. Botox is most commonly used for the treatment of facial wrinkles and is the most common facial plastic procedure worldwide.

Although it is most commonly known as a treatment for the cosmetic industry is also used to treat a number of non-cosmetic problems such as blepharospasm, severe sweating, upper limb spasticity and chronic migraines.

Blepharospasm

Botox has been shown to be effective in treating facial movement disorders such as blepharospasm. Blepahrospasm is the involuntary movement/blinking of the eye. It can severely affect a sufferer’s eyesight. In some cases it can become so severe that someone affected may not be able to open their eyes at all. The Botox is injected into the muscles surrounding the eye to lessen their ability to move involuntarily.

Severe Sweating

Severe sweating is when a person sweats up to five times more than normal. The sweating can occur without any physical or emotional triggers. Botox is extremely effective in treating sweating under the arm and in the palms of the hands. Botox has been approved to treat sweating for a number of years. IT injected in to the underarm or the palms to reduce the effects. It usually last from six to seven months.

Upper Limb Spasticity

Spasticity in the upper limbs can be a debilitating illness that can greatly affect a sufferer’s quality of life. Overactive nerve impulses cause the muscles to contract which leads to stiffness. Botox is injected into the affected muscles to block the nerves impulses that are overactive.

Chronic Migraines

Botox is approved for treating chronic migraines. Its effectiveness was originally discovered by accident when several patients who were treated with Botox for their wrinkles reported a reduce in their migraines. The Botox is injected directly into the muscles in the forehead which blocks the nerves signals. The effect usually lasts about six to seven months.

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi: Botox is widely known in the cosmetics industry for its ability to tackle fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. However, most people don’t realise it is also used to treat a number of other non-cosmetic illnesses. Botox is a revolutionary way to treat some of these conditions.