The lesser known benefits of Botox

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Botox injections have been the most common non-surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons since the year 2000. In 2010, more than 2.4 million individuals in the U.S. received Botox injections.

But while Botox is commonly used to treat crow's feet, laugh lines and other wrinkles, it may also have other non-cosmetic benefits.

In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox to treat migraine headaches. According to WebMD, the FDA suggests Botox when used to treat chronic migraines be given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms.

The drug, which is a form of botulinium toxin type A, is also used to treat more than 20 other conditions, including muscle spasms and excessive sweating. Scientists are currently testing Botox's efficacy in treating conditions such as asthma.
Experts say Botox often provides positive cosmetic results with few side effects. However, its effects are not permanent and injections need to be repeated every three to six months for the best results.

There are ways that individuals can ensure the best outcome when using Botox for cosmetic reasons, according to WebMD. The health website recommends those planning on getting Botox injections avoid bruising by abstaining from taking aspirin or ibuprofen, which can thin the blood, for two weeks prior to treatment. Most importantly, those who want the best possible outcome are advised to seek out a physician that is board-certified in dermatology or plastic surgery.

While there are several options available when it comes to injectable treatments, experts recommend speaking with your physician to discuss your areas of concern, and to hear the options they suggest before making a decision.