3 Surprising Uses of Botox That Aren't Cosmetic

Botox cosmetic has been considered the holy grail of aesthetics due to its ability to prevent, diminish, and protect against wrinkles. It is also used to help with facial contouring, increase lip size, and many other cosmetic benefits. However, Botox does more than just help your looks. Botox is used as a medical treatment for various conditions. Here are three uses of Botox Cosmetic other than cosmetic:                                                                                                                        
1. Chronic Migraine

One of the common uses for Botox is to help patients who suffer from Chronic Migraines. According to migraine.com, about 4 million Americans suffer from Migraines. Migraines can be debilitating. They are often classified with a hypersensitivity to light, sound, and a severe pain between the eyes. In some cases, people will experience more severe symptoms such as aphasia.

Doctors have recently started using Botox as a method of treatment for migraines. The reason this works is that the botulinum toxin in Botox inhibits the production of acetylcholine, which is a chemical neurotransmitter.

2. Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Have you ever felt something wet under your arms, and found a big sweat stain? Has this happened more than once? This condition is called Hyperhidrosis and many people suffer from it. Hyperhydrosis is a fairly common condition and doctors are particularly sure what causes it.

Treatment has primarily been anti-perspirant and medication, but in some cases, people have found that the neuro-inhibiting properties of botox can slow down overactive sweat glands. 

3. TMJ

The temporo-manibular joint or TMJ is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skill. TMJ is used almost frequently because it is used during talking, eating, swallowing and many other activities. This joining can easily become overworked or displaced through excessive teeth grinding. This can cause someone to suffer tension headaches, pain in the jaw, and sometimes lock jaw.

Botox is a commonly used treatment to treat TMJ disorders because it can eliminate the pain associated with these headaches and prevent teeth grinding. When Botox is injected into the facial muscles that are experiencing discomfort and soreness, it can help with pain relief and eliminate headaches along with teeth grinding. Botox injections to the area may also help with those who experience lock jaw.