The best way to explain Botox® is this: Botox® works as a shield between the brain and the muscle so that, even if your brain is telling a muscle to move–whether this is on purpose or because of misfiring neurons–the muscle will stay still.
Botox Benefit 1: Treat a Drooping Brow
Also called “Brow Ptosis,” drooping brow can cause patients to look unhappy and tired even when they are feeling awake and happy. In some instances there are biological reasons for the droop and you might advise your patients to eat more vegetables, exercise their facial muscles, etc. Many times, however, intervention is needed. Administering Botox® results in the relaxing of the brow muscles and, when administered correctly, can keep them aloft.
Botox Benefit 2: Stop Excessive Sweating
“Hyperhidrosis” is defined as “a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest.” Just like Botox® can prevent directions given by the brain from reaching the intended muscle, it can also act as a shield for sweat glands. It is particularly helpful for excessive localized sweating in the armpits, feet or hands. The procedure needs to be repeated every few months.
Botox Benefit 3: Reduce Migraine Pain
Many migraine patients will have probably read up on the use of Botox® as a treatment for their condition. Many migraine sufferers make the mistake of thinking that the drug stops the migraine itself. It doesn’t. It will, however, reduce many of their major symptoms like sensitivity to light and nausea, making the migraine easier to deal with.
Botox Benefit 4: Treatment for Bells Palsy
You have two choices for administering Botox® for Bells Palsy patients. Administering the treatment to the paralyzed side of the patient’s face–this can help relax facial muscles that might have tightened up and become painful as well as preventing unwanted facial tics. Administering the treatment to the non-paralyzed side of the patient’s face–this Botox® benefit is more cosmetic in nature. This technique can help relax the movements on the dominant side of the face. This helps give the face a more balanced look even when the patient is talking or moving their face a lot.
Botox Benefit 5: Stop Eye Twitch/Squinting
If you are willing to come into the clinic over an eye twitch, it’s safe to think that the twitch is more than a temporary annoyance. Sometimes the twitching will be rapid and/or constant. Other times the twitch can cause a permanent spasm of the muscle, holding it in a tense position for a prolonged period of time. In addition to being annoying and sometimes painful, these twitches can also interfere with the patient’s vision.