Two Things You Never Knew Botox Is Used For

Posted on: 27 May 2020


If there is one type of injection that's practically a household name it is Botox. Botox has been and continues to remain one of the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures that patients elect to get. Although Botox is most commonly thought to be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it is actually being used to help patients with a variety of other issues as well. Here are just a few ways you could benefit from Botox injections. 

1. Address Jaw Clenching

Clenching your jaw and even grinding your teeth are two common things that a lot of patients do when they are stressed, anxious, or feeling overwhelmed. If you tend to wake up every morning with a sore jaw or if you notice after you've been in a stressful situation that you have a tense jaw, then you may suffer from a condition called bruxism (clenching and grinding the teeth and jaw).

So, where does Botox come into play in all of this? When injected into the jaw muscles, Botox helps to relax them so that you can't necessarily make those clenching movements that can cause damage, tenderness, and swelling. Although you'll still be able to do healthy things like speak and chew with your jaw, you won't be able to clench your jaw muscles so tight, which is exactly what you want. The hope then is that after your jaw is relaxed by Botox that it will retrain yourself to not clench it on your own without the potential need for injections in the future. 

2. Reduce Migraines

Having a headache when you are coming down with a cold is one thing, but suffering from extreme and regular migraines is a whole other ballgame. Whether you get migraines that result in pain, dizziness, seeing flashing lights, or anything else, they can make you feel like you are suffering from a serious medical condition.

If you suffer from a consistent amount of migraines every month, your doctor may recommend Botox injections across parts of your face and scalp to help relax the muscles that are thought to contribute to a lot of migraines. While Botox may not be able to completely alleviate your migraines for good, it can definitely lower the amount of them that you suffer from each and every month. 

If you suffer from any of the conditions listed in this article, reach out to your doctor about using Botox to treat it.