Botox: Its Medical Applications

Botox is still one of the most popular anti-aging procedures currently available thanks to its non-invasive nature and ability to smooth lines and wrinkles to reveal a more youthful appearance. The injectable toxin was originally used for medical purposes, and is still utilized as such today. Botox for migraines and excessive sweating is readily available through your Los Angeles skin clinic, and are merely two of numerous medical applications.

Let’s look at Botox as a treatment for various medical conditions:


Blepharospasm is defined as involuntary muscle spasms around the eyes. It causes uncontrollable eye blinking and narrowing, and may cause eyelids to fully shut. Blepharospasm is subsequently considered a challenging condition to deal with, and one that still raises questions in the medical field. Botox provides the much-needed relief those suffering from this condition need, as the toxin controls abnormal spasms so patients can enjoy normal lives.

Overactive Bladder

Botox is now used to treat overactive bladder (OAB), a condition that causes the frequent urge to urinate. Leakage is another common symptom of this condition. The injectable toxin was approved by the FDA to treat overactive bladder when other medications do not work as they should, or cannot be taken due to allergies and similar issues. Botox treats bladder muscles and nerves, and therefore blocks signals that result in urgency and leakage.

Cervical Dystonia

Cervical Dystonia is yet another health issue treatable with Botox, though patients must be 16 years or older to receive injections for this condition. It causes uncontrollable neck muscle tightening and spasms, and can force the head into assorted uncomfortable positions. Botox reduces neck pain intensity, frequency of spasms, and contributes to healthier head posture.

Side Effects

If you experience difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking after receiving Botox injections, contact your physician immediately. Other serious side effects include loss of muscle strength, bodily muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, blurred vision, double vision, change in voice or hoarseness, and loss of bladder control.

For more on Botox or to schedule an appointment with the Los Angeles skin specialists, please contact The Kopelson Clinic today.