Most people associate BOTOX® injections as a method for temporarily smoothing out facial wrinkles. The FDA sanctions the use of BOTOX® for cosmetic treatments such as to minimize crow’s feet and frown lines. However; the FDA has expanded the use of the known solution to treat other conditions. There are also off-label uses for BOTOX®. Although BOTOX® is widely-used for cosmetic reasons, there are some other benefits. If you’re interested in BOTOX® and/or dermal fillers to improve your aesthetic, visit our office and learn about the additional perks of these treatments.
Helping with Depression
It is estimated that about 7 percent of adults in the United States have depression. The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as an illness that negatively impacts how someone feels, thinks, and acts. Several studies show injections of this solution may be an effective treatment for depression. Researchers believe that your facial expressions give your brain feedback about how you are feeling. Depressed people activate their frown lines more than the average person. Researchers theorize that injecting the solution in the glabellar frown lines disrupts the negative feedback to the brain and relieves the patient of depressive symptoms.
BOTOX® for Excessive Sweating
Stained clothes, telltale dark spots on your shorts and jackets, wet handshakes-these are all surefire ways to deflate confidence. If you are one of the many people who suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, then you know that all too well. Luckily, BOTOX® has emerged as a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating.
Understanding BOTOX® Treatments
You may have tried antiperspirants containing aluminum salts to plug sweat glands and control perspiration. This is the first line of defense and one that many people consider part of their daily routine. However, it may not be effective for people who sweat excessively, and it must be reapplied at least daily.
BOTOX®, on the other hand, offers long-term control of sweating in targeted areas. Initial treatments may need to be repeated after multiple months, but many people experience relief for a year or longer. However, it all depends on the unique case, as results vary from patient to patient based on a number of factors.
How Does It Work?
Treatments involve injecting small amounts of the BOTOX® solution into targeted areas of the body. This disrupts the nerves that are responsible for stimulating sweat glands. Without that stimulation, chemical signals to produce sweat are greatly reduced.
Once the signals that make your body perspire are interrupted, areas that have been treated with the BOTOX® solution will not produce as much sweat. In essence, the solution relaxes the nerves responsible for communication between your brain and sweat glands.
Are the Treatments Safe?
The use of this product for hyperhidrosis is FDA-approved. This means it has undergone testing and is regulated for safety and effectiveness. It should only be administered by specially trained professionals. Unlike surgical or prescription medication options for excessive sweating, BOTOX® is considered safe for most people. There is virtually no downtime after the treatments, and you should see results within just days.
What are the Treatments Like?
There are no real special preparations for the treatments. You may be asked to refrain from shaving your underarms for a few days beforehand if that area is to be treated. Injections are administered during a regular office visit. You can return to most all of your normal activities immediately after your appointment, so a treatment can even be scheduled during a break from your daily errands.
Does It Work?
Studies have shown that BOTOX® can reduce sweating caused by hyperhidrosis for up to 14 months. They also link the treatment to improved quality of life indicators for patients. And because treatments are highly-effective, nearly all people studied would recommend the treatment to people they know who are suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Who Should Consider BOTOX® Treatments?
BOTOX® is best suited for people who experience focal hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating limited to specific areas of the body, such as underarms, hand, or feet. It is FDA-approved for use in the underarm areas and is often used on other areas as well.
Don’t Hide Any Longer
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you may feel self-conscious and limit your warm-weather activities. Perhaps you even experience social isolation. Don’t let hyperhidrosis rule your life. Talk to the knowledgeable staff at Trace Skin Care to find out if BOTOX® can help you overcome your excessive sweating. We would be more than happy to evaluate your case and address any questions or concerns you may have as we determine if the treatment can work for you, whether it be for cosmetic or medical purposes. Remember, this product is also an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and forehead lines. Contact us today to book a consultation at our office in Nashville. We look forward to hearing from you!