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Botox® Has Many Surprising Health Benefits
Published on March 21, 2019 by Carolina Center for Plastic Surgery
Botox® is well known for erasing wrinkles, but did you know it has many surprising health benefits? It’s also FDA approved for several medical treatments and is the subject of ongoing clinical studies on physical and mental ailments.
Benefits of Botox® You Might Not Know
Botox® is short for botulinum toxin which is a neurotoxic protein from a specific bacterium. While infection from this bacterium causes deadly botulism, extremely small concentrations of Botox® stops the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from reaching muscles by paralyzing them. This causes muscles to stop contracting and to become less stiff.So, it makes sense that these cosmetic injectables are used to release tension in the muscles which relieves strain on the nervous system and pain. This muscle-relaxing effect can also reduce the pain of migraines when you get injections in the forehead, neck, and shoulders. It’s been proven to reduce arthritis pain as well.Additionally, Botox® helps people with cerebral palsy and dystonia, which is a neurological muscle disorder that causes uncontrollable, painful spasms. In cases where stroke victims have upper-limb spasms, Botox® helps them regain function and range of motion in their arms and hands.Other illnesses and issues Botox® treats include:
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Overactive bladders and bladder problems caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries
Painful sex for women
Lazy eye, crossed eyes, eye twitching and eye spasms (blepharospasm)
Future Benefits of Botox®
The list of Botox®’s benefits continues to grow. Experts believe it could also be approved to treat anxiety and depression soon. The Journal of Psychiatric Research has published conclusive results from several studies showing Botox® does treat depression. It’s not just that you feel better because you look better either. Reducing scowling between the eyebrows quiets the amygdala which is responsible for detecting fear and preparing us for emergency events. The adage “turn your frown upside down” also has a physiological response — it’s much harder to be sad when you cannot frown.
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