Beyond Beauty with Botox

When most people hear about Botox®, they think about its ability to diminish lines and wrinkles. But there’s more to Botox than beauty treatments.  

In addition to cosmetic improvements, our providers at Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, use Botox to safely and effectively treat several medical conditions. Keep reading to learn how Botox might be able to help you.  

Understanding how Botox works

Botox is an injectable treatment derived from microbes in the botulinum toxin. It works by blocking the signals of targeted nerves. Once the nerves can no longer send signals to make muscles contract, the muscles relax.  

The effects of Botox usually begin to take effect 3-4 days after an injection, but it can take 7-14 days to see maximum results. Results with Botox can last 3-7 months, after which time the nerves can send signals again. 

It’s important to understand that your results with Botox, whether for cosmetic rejuvenation or to treat a medical condition, are dependent on the technique of the provider. As such, be sure to only get Botox injections from qualified professionals, such as the providers at Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers.  

Treating more than wrinkles with Botox

Botox injections are extremely effective at reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but there’s more to Botox than a beauty boost. This amazing injectable can treat many medical conditions that relate to muscles and nerves.

Hyperhidrosis

One of the most common conditions Botox treats is hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating that’s not caused by exercising or heat. Nearly 8 million people are affected by hyperhidrosis, which can cause them to sweat through their clothes or have sweat dripping from their skin. 

The condition can affect your whole body (generalized hyperhidrosis) or be localized to one or more parts, such as the armpits and palms (focal hyperhidrosis). Some people notice hyperhidrosis from an early age, but, for most people, it begins in adolescence. 

Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and cause social anxiety. It can also ruin your clothing and disrupt your life. Fortunately, Botox injections can help. By blocking the nerve signals to the sweat glands, Botox can stop you from sweating for up to seven months.

Other medical conditions

In addition to hyperhidrosis, Botox is approved to treat several other medical conditions. At MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers, our team uses Botox to safely and effectively treat conditions like:

First, your provider discusses your medical history and symptoms with you. Then they diagnose the muscles involved using electromyography, a noninvasive process that records the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles. 

Once the appropriate muscles are identified and marked, Botox is injected using a thin needle. Treatments typically take 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of injections and the size of the treatment area. 

After your session, you can go about your normal activities. Just be sure to avoid rubbing the area or exercising strenuously for about two hours.

To learn more about Botox and to see if it can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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