Medical Uses For Botox

Medical Uses For Botox
Posted on 04/04/2016

botoxIn addition to providing his patients with a wide range of dental treatments and procedures,  Dr. Goldberg also can add subtle improvements to facial lines and contours using Botox and other dermal fillers. As a dentist, Dr. Goldberg is familiar with the function of each muscle of the face and with giving intraoral injections. With this experience, patients can receive Botox injections at our office in a comfortable and stress-free manner to improve their facial esthetics.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic prescription medication used by dentists and physicians to improve moderate to severe wrinkles and frown lines. However, Botox is not just skin deep as this medication can also be used medically in many different ways. Here are some medical uses for Botox that may surprise you. 

As a Treatment for Frequent Migraines

Botox is used by some physicians as a treatment for people suffering from frequent migraine headaches wherein the Botox is injected around the head and neck. Botox may be considered for this use if other treatments designed to prevent migraine headaches are not tolerated well or cause too many side effects.

To Treat Excessive Sweating

Botox is used by some physicians to treat patients suffering from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. The injections are given in affected areas like the armpits, hands, feet or face. This treatment works by blocking signals the brain sends to sweat glands.

For Treating Incontinence

Botox injected into the wall of the bladder has been found to be an effective treatment for urinary incontinence in some patients who have a sudden urge to urinate. This treatment option is often considered when other treatments have not been effective. 

To Treat Muscle Spasms

Botox is often used to treat muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. These injections can prevent the muscles from uncontrollably contracting or twitching.

To Treat Squinting

People with strabismus have a condition that interferes with the ability of both eyes to focus simultaneously toward the same point. If someone with this condition develops a squint rapidly without an obvious cause, Botox can be injected into one of the eye muscles to weaken the muscle for a period of time which allows the eyes to realign themselves. 

To Treat Eye Twitching

People whose eyelids twitch uncontrollably can often benefit from Botox injections. This treatment can relieve spasms of the upper eyelid for several months. 

As you can see, in addition to being used in cosmetic dentistry and to improve facial esthetics, Botox also has many other medical uses. If you are interested in finding out if you could benefit from Botox as a way to enhance your smile, please contact us today to schedule an appointment time. Dr. Goldberg will provide you with an examination followed by a discussion to determine if you're a good candidate for Botox injections to add some subtle improvements to your facial lines and contours.