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July 5, 2024
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Botox is not only for Aesthetic Enhancement

By Dr Ichkal Bhudisaksang (Dr M)

Botox is frequently associated with cosmetic procedures aimed at reducing wrinkles and fine lines. However, its applications extend far beyond aesthetic enhancements. Botox is a versatile treatment used to address various medical conditions, including excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and certain muscular disorders.

What is Botox and How Does it Work?

Botox, a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, functions by temporarily relaxing muscles, thereby smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines. Beyond aesthetics, it can also treat excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and certain muscular disorders. Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, a purified substance derived from bacteria. When injected into specific areas, it blocks nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, resulting in temporary muscle relaxation.

Medical Uses of Botox:

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis): A lesser-known application of Botox is the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. This condition can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable, affecting areas such as the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet. Botox injections can block the nerves responsible for activating sweat glands. When these glands do not receive chemical signals, excessive sweating stops. Patients typically notice a significant reduction in sweating within a week of treatment, with effects lasting for several months. Potential side effects include temporary pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.

Chronic Migraines: Botox is also approved for the treatment of chronic migraines. Patients who experience migraines more than 15 days a month may find relief with Botox injections. The treatment involves injecting Botox into specific points around the head and neck, which can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. It is believed that Botox works by blocking pain pathways and relaxing muscles that contribute to migraine pain. Some potential side effects include temporary muscle weakness, neck pain, or headache post-injection.

Muscular Disorders: Botox can be utilised to treat various muscular disorders, including cervical dystonia (a painful condition where neck muscles contract uncontrollably) and spasticity (muscle stiffness and spasms often seen in conditions like cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis). By relaxing the overactive muscles, Botox can provide relief from pain and improve mobility in affected individuals. Consequently, it enhances muscle function and patient comfort.

Consultation and Safety

A consultation with a qualified professional is essential to discuss your goals and medical history. This ensures that Botox is the right option for you and that the treatment is tailored to your needs. During the consultation, your healthcare provider will evaluate your condition, discuss potential benefits and risks, and create a personalised treatment plan.

Botox is generally considered safe when administered by an experienced professional. However, there are potential side effects and risks to be aware of. By consulting with a qualified professional and following proper aftercare instructions, you can achieve optimal results. At HealthDeliver, we are committed to providing safe and effective Botox treatments tailored to your needs. To learn more or to book a consultation, visit us today at HealthDeliver.Asia.

Dr Ichkal Bhudisaksang
Dr. Ichkal Bhudisaksang is a visionary medical professional with over a decade of experience in healthcare, specializing in dermatology and skincare. He holds a Doctor of Medicine from Khon Kaen University and an M.Sc. in Dermatology and Dermatosurgery from the Institute of Dermatology in Bangkok.

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