Botox – Not Just for Beauty!
Botox might be best known for smoothing away forehead lines and crows feet, but did you know it can also be used to treat medical conditions? As it turns out, Botox® was actually used for treating medical conditions long before it started to be used for aesthetics. It was first licenced to treat crossed eyes and eyelid spasm in 1989, a full 13 years before it was licenced to treat any wrinkles (it was approved for frown lines in 2002).
But Botox’s uses for medical conditions doesn’t stop at the eyes – at Juvea Aesthetics, we use it to treat hyperhidrosis and bruxism!
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating that isn’t caused by heat, stress, or exercise; a condition affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK alone. It can be an embarrassing, isolating condition that causes anxiety in its sufferers; who can sweat so much that it soaks through their clothes. The good news is that there are treatments available, and for those that sweat excessively from the armpits, Botox® is one of them.
Although we don’t know the exact cause of hyperhidrosis, we can summarise that the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands are overactive. When Botox® is injected into the underarm, this blocks signals to the sweat glands and stops them from producing sweat! It’s so effective that even people who don’t suffer from hyperhidrosis are getting armpit Botox®, including the lovely Chrissy Teigen!
If this treatment sounds just like what’s needed ahead of a hopefully warm British Summer, then get in touch for a free consultation.
Botox for Bruxism
Bruxism affects over 10 millions adults in the UK, clenching and grinding their teeth through the day and night. Symptoms range from excessive teeth wear and gum inflammation to headaches, migraines, earache, and neck, shoulder and jaw pain. It doesn’t end there though – bruxism also creates a square jawline due to overuse of the muscles.
Having small doses of Botox injected directly into the jaw muscles weakens things just enough to stop the clenching and grinding action; not only reducing the symptoms of bruxism, but slimming the jawline into the bargain as the muscles get less of a workout.
If you’re a bruxism sufferer looking for an alternative to mouthguards and splints, contact us and see if Botox® could be the solution for you.