Botox is a well-known injectable medication with a growing list of purposes in medicine. While it’s most popular use is to smooth facial wrinkles and lines, its underlying function can do much more.
The results last for several months, but you can add regular injections to your treatment plan if you’re happy with the results.
The main ingredient in Botox is a natural toxin derived from bacteria called botulinum toxin. When injected in minuscule amounts, it temporarily stops your nerve signals from reaching your muscles and telling them to flex.
For this reason, doctors often recommend the injections to help treat mild neuromuscular conditions.
Why should I get Botox injections?
Beyond wrinkle relief, Botox currently has over 20 medical applications. Your doctor at Valley View Wellness Medical Center may prescribe the treatment to treat:
- Chronic migraine
- Eye or eyelid spasms
- Crossed eyes
- Cervical dystonia (neck contractions)
- Overactive bladder
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Muscle stiffness in your limbs
Because new uses are constantly being tested, this list does not include all of the potential reasons why you need Botox. Your doctor will explain to you in detail why they’re recommending the injections and how they’ll work to relieve your symptoms.
Am I a good candidate for Botox injections?
Botox is a fascinatingly versatile treatment that works well to treat many conditions. However, it isn’t the best option for everyone.
Before prescribing you with Botox injections, your Valley View Wellness Medical Center doctor will evaluate your medical history and current physical health during a consultation.
You might be a good candidate for Botox if you:
- Are generally healthy
- Aren’t allergic to ingredients in the drug
- Aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding
- Don’t have a skin infection near your injection site
Most adults are candidates to receive Botox injections. In some cases, the treatment is appropriate for adolescents with certain applicable conditions. If you’re not a candidate for some reason, your doctor will guide you to other treatment possibilities.
Botox established a name for itself in medicine, and for good reason. To learn more about how Botox works and find out if it’s a suitable addition to your treatment plan, call Valley View Wellness Medical Center or book an appointment online today.