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Botox Not Just for Wrinkles

Botox® injections make up about 47% of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the US every year. That’s more than 7 million injections in a single year! Many people will assume that the Botox® injections administered were to address frown lines or add lip volume, but the reality is that Botox has many uses that have nothing to do with improving one's appearance. That’s right! Botox injections have many medical uses, such as reducing migraines. Here are the different ways medical professionals use Botox –

Alleviates Migraines/Headaches
In small doses, research has shown that Botox® can cut down the frequency of chronic migraine headaches. Using a very small needle, a medical professional injects Botox into the tiny muscles under your skin in various areas around your face, head, and neck.

Corrects Strabismus
Strabismus — also known as hypertropia and crossed eyes — is the misalignment of the eyes, causing one eye to deviate inward toward the nose, or outward, while the other eye remains focused. Since the 1970s, Botox® injections have been used to correct this problem in adults as well as children.

Helps Control Involuntary Blinking
Blepharospasm is blinking or other eyelid movements, like twitching, that you can't control. Eyelid twitching usually goes away on its own, but some people can develop severe and chronic eyelid twitching. Since Botox is used to relax muscles, it can help involuntary muscle movement. Administered in small doses, Botox injections weaken the eyelid muscles, preventing the muscles from twitching.

Minimizes Excessive Sweating Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise. People who suffer from this condition sweat so much that it can soak their clothing. Antiperspirant products aren't much help to people suffering from this condition but Botox® can help reduce perspiration in the hands, feet, or face.

Treat Neck Spasms
Neck spasms or cervical dystonia is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side. Cervical dystonia can also cause your head to uncontrollably tilt forward or backward. Botox injections have been shown to reduce the severity of neck spasms.

Dr. Jin is passionate about using Botox® to help patients feel their best inside and out. Boosting confidence and health is a priority at RJ Clinical Institute. We know that this is just a short list of the many medical conditions Botox® is making a difference in patients' daily lives. And even still, there are plenty of other uses currently being tested for Botox, including treatment for everything from depression to abnormal heartbeats. Even in the cosmetic arena, uses for Botox® are not exhausted. We continue to work at making treatments achievable for all of our patients and surrounding communities.

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