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Medical Botox

Excessive sweating, Migraines and many other conditions are very effectively managed with medical Botox

Botox® is a brand name for Botulinum toxin type A, which is a highly purified natural protein. It relaxes muscles by temporarily blocking the nerves signal to the muscle. Well before the cosmetic benefits of Botulinum was discovered it was used for medical treatments for conditions such as muscle spasms, excessive sweating, headaches and teeth grinding. Treatment of these medical conditions with Botulinum can provide a medium to long term solution and avoid regular use of medication such as pain relief. 

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What are some of the most common medical uses for Botox?
  • Excess sweating (Hyperhidrosis): a common and distressing condition which is amazingly effectively treated with Botox lasting up to 6-12months.
  • Headache: Especially Migraines resistant to other forms of medical treatment can be very effectively treated with Botox injected specific temporal muscle groups.
  • Teeth grinding: Through relaxation of the overactive masseter muscles teeth grinding can be reduced or effectively treated.
What is excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)?

Hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as excessive sweating, can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. In some cases, problematic sweating is limited to one area of the body, such as the underarms or feet, a condition called focal hyperhidrosis. Other cases are more generalized, with sweating over large areas of the body. The most common areas affected by hyperhidrosis are the scalp, underarms, hands, feet and groin area.

“Excessive sweating can significantly affect a person’s life. It can be embarrassing and socially isolating, and many people find the condition quite upsetting.”

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Hyperhidrosis

How does Botox work for Headaches?

According to the American Pain Foundation Botox should be considered a second-line treatment for chronic headaches especially migraines. Botox is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain. Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start, but takes time to work.

“I look to the second and third treatments to maximize effects,” says Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld. “Patients see increasing benefit with an increase in the number of treatment cycles.” One treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks, and patients reported that two Botox treatments reduced the number of headache days by approximately 50%.

How long does a typical treatment take?

The actual treatment is quick and simple, and takes about 15-20 minutes. There is no downtime, and no anaesthesia required so you can come in your lunch break and drive back to work afterwards.

What will I look like right after the treatment? Will people be able to tell?

Generally, unless someone has had the exact treatment as you, and even then, it’s highly unlikely they will know. In rare cases, you may experience bruising from the needle being introduced. This can take a few days to heal and can be concealed with mineral concealer. After the first or second treatment, you might have a tight or heavy sensation (particularly with frown and forehead areas), this usually subsides after a few days, and isn’t something others see.

How long do the effects last?

Botox® usually takes effect 24-72 hours after injection, with maximum effect at about 2 weeks. Its relaxing of the underlying muscle generally last 3-4 months, but depends on the dose, individual metabolism and area treated. We offer a range of muscle relaxant brands to ensure clients get the best results for them.

Who can’t have Botox®?

Muscle relaxants are not suitable for people with neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis, those who are taking certain medication, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with infection or inflammation at the proposed site of injections and bleeding disorders.

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