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Botox Options In Austin

Author : Roger Ubik   Top Author

Submitted : 2010-09-17 02:16:20    Word Count : 548    Popularity:   6

Tags:   Botox, anti-aging

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Since 2002, Botox has become a widespread term; we have all heard of Botox, and if we haven't received injections ourselves, chances are that we know people who have. We hear of it when we see celebrities on magazine covers who look ten or twenty years younger than they are, so it is very heavily associated with our appearance. While it is commonly used as a cosmetic procedure, you can also find Austin practitioners who can offer Botox to clients for other purposes, including the relief of chronic pain. Let's take a look at your Botox options in Austin.

Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 for the treatment of spastic disorders, such as eye spasms. The strong toxin was found to be effective for the treatment of even deeper wrinkles, and that has become its primary use today. Over 4.6 million people get Botox injections each year in the US alone; but some go to treat medical conditions.

In early 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox in treating spasticity in the flexor muscles of the elbows, wrists, and fingers. This condition is common in people who have had a traumatic brain injury or stroke or who are in more advanced stages of multiple sclerosis. Botox is able to temporarily paralyze the spastic muscle, offering relief and improved ability to perform daily tasks. Botox is also approved to treat neck spasms and eye spasms, but interestingly enough, it is not helpful with spasms in other areas of the body, such as the upper legs.

Botox is also approved by the FDA to treat excessive underarm sweating. While people - notably celebrities who want to be red-carpet ready at all times - may choose Botox to decrease normal levels of sweating, the intent was really to help those with axillary hyperhydrosis, or over-stimulation of the sweat glands. Botox is able to block sweat-producing chemicals from being released, and can allow those with excessive sweating great relief.

FDA approval for Botox in treating migraine is on the horizon. For now, it is considered on "off-label" use. Does this mean it is not legal or safe? No, it just means that Allergan, the makers of Botox, cannot market their drug for the treatment of headaches or urge doctors to prescribe it for that reason. Botox for migraine has been approved in the UK, however, and it it likely the US will soon follow suit. Researchers believe that Botox blocks sensory nerves that relay pain messages to the brain and allows muscles to relax. For migraine, patients are injected between 10to 15 times in the head, neck, and shoulders, and this has proven to be effective. It has also be shown to have fewer side effects than standard migraine medication.

Off-label use is legal, and Botox is often used to treat conditions such as overactive bladder, enlarged prostate, TMJ/TMD, lower back pain, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy in children.

If you are dealing with any of these issues, chronic pain, or would simply like a smoother, more youthful looking face, Austin Botox practitioners can help.

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Roger Ubik has extensive experience in the health and beauty industries in Austin, TX and is passionate about informing consumers. There are many medical spa treatments available. Finding the rightBotox treatment is crucial to a successful outcome.

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