Medical BOTOX® treatments in Allen, Texas
Therapeutic BOTOX® injections have a different goal than cosmetic BOTOX®. Cosmetic treatments are used to treat the signs of aging, such as crow’s feet and other wrinkles while therapeutic botox has been proven effective in treating medical conditions like chronic migraines, muscle spasms, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), Bruxism (grinding of the teeth) and TMJ (overactive masseter muscle).
Conditions and Therapeutic BOTOX® Treatments
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
While sweating to regulate body temperature is natural and important, excessive sweating can have negative effects on your quality of life. This condition affects both men and women. This condition can affect self-esteem, choice of clothing, activities, and social interaction.
How can BOTOX® Injections help?
The BOTOX® injection blocks the signals that are getting sent to your sweat glands which means you will produce less sweat. This treatment can be used in many different areas of the body including underarms, hands, or feet where people often get excessive sweat!
Sweat is an effective way for the body to release toxins and keep us cool. The nervous system controls our involuntary body functions, such as breathing and digestion, and sweat production in response to various stimuli, including elevated temperature or emotional stress. The injections of botox produce a natural, purified protein that blocks the signal our body sends out to activate the sweat glands. The results can last anywhere from 6-9 months before you need another treatment.
What are Chronic Migraines?
The FDA has approved BOTOX® for treating chronic migraines. People with 15 or more days of painful headaches per month can benefit from this treatment, but BOTOX® is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.
How does BOTOX® for Migraines work?
When BOTOX® is used to treat chronic migraines, it gets injected into the neck and head muscles, where it blocks chemicals that send pain signals from your brain before they get to the nerve endings in your head and neck area. With the help of BOTOX®, many patients have seen a dramatic improvement in the frequency and the severity of their chronic migraines, and each treatment can last as long as four months.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD and TMJ)
What is TMD/TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is a complex structure that connects the skull, jaw, and neck.
If you have chronic pain in this area it may be caused by problems with muscle tension or injury. Injection treatments such as BOTOX® provide immediate relief through injections into these muscles that surround the temporomandibular joint. These injections ease the tension by relaxing the joints and the muscles.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the bone in the head that connects with your jawbone. It's used when talking, eating, and other day-to-day activities but if this joint gets overworked, then you could develop and suffer from severe tension headaches, and possibly have sharp pains near the jaw. BOTOX® is a great option for those who suffer from jaw tension and headaches. The injection will weaken the muscle, reducing your problems with pain in these areas and reducing the number of headaches.
Muscle Spasms and Tightening
How can BOTOX® Help With Muscle Spasms?
BOTOX® injections can be used to treat cervical dystonia, a condition where the muscles in your neck tighten or spasm without control. It also helps with upper limb stiffness--when you're unable to move certain parts of yourself because they become stiff and tight from an injury for example.
These injections will block certain chemical signals from your nerves, mostly the ones that cause muscles to contract.
The benefits of BOTOX® injections include:
- Significantly improved gait pattern.
- Improved range of motion.
- Little to no pain in stiff muscles.
- Reduction of spasticity and greater ease in stretching.
Bruxism or Grinding of the Teeth
These BOTOX® injections will help reduce the amount of clenching that you do, and it may also ease any tension or headaches associated with this action. The effects typically start to show up 2-4 weeks after your treatment ends and last for 3-6 months.
How Does It Work?
By injecting small doses of BOTOX® directly into the large masseter muscle that moves the jaw, that muscle is weakened enough to stop the involuntary movements that cause those habits of grinding your teeth and clenching shut. This treatment will weaken the muscle significantly, reducing the damage to your teeth due to these involuntary routine behaviors!