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Cosmetic Botulinum toxin injections are commonly known as Botox injections. Of course, calling every Botulinum toxin injection “Botox” is incorrect. There are tens of other products by other manufacturers that do exactly the same job. 

Botulinum toxin injections are not just used for cosmetic purposes.  They have several therapeutic applications, including the treatment of excessive sweating, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and migraine headaches. Here’s what you need to know about each of these applications:

Treatment of excessive sweating.

Botulinum toxin injections can help against excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis (pronounced as hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis).  

Botulinum toxin injections work by blocking the nerve signals that stimulate sweat glands. The sweat glands stop producing sweat, thus reducing the embarrassing, unpleasant effect of hyperhidrosis. The Botulinum toxin injections are typically used to treat excessive sweating in the underarms, hands, and feet and can provide relief for several months before requiring another treatment. It is not clear if the interval of the injections will shorten over the period of time. That would be great, though.

Treatment of TMJ dysfunction.

TMJ dysfunction is a condition that affects the jaw joint and can cause pain, clicking, or locking of the jaw. Botulinum toxin injections can treat TMJ dysfunction by reducing muscle tension and spasms in the jaw muscles. Botulinum toxin injections can also help relieve headaches and neck pain associated with TMJ dysfunction. The effects of Botox injections for TMJ dysfunction typically last for several months.

Treatment of migraine headaches.

Botulinum injections can prevent migraine headaches in individuals who experience them frequently. The medication works by blocking the release of certain chemicals that are involved in the development of migraines. The injections are typically given every 12 weeks and may take several treatments to become fully effective.

It’s important to note that while Botulinum toxin injections are generally safe and effective for these therapeutic purposes, they do carry some risks, such as allergic reactions and temporary muscle weakness. It’s important to consult with your doctor to ensure whether Botulinum injections are appropriate for your specific condition and to discuss any potential risks and benefits.

The take home message is that Botulinum toxin injections can be used for more than just cosmetic purposes. They can provide relief for individuals with hyperhidrosis, TMJ dysfunction, and frequent migraines. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, talk to your GP to see if Botulinum toxin injections may be an appropriate treatment option.

A doctor at Mentone General Practice routinely provides Botulinum toxin injections. 

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