We take a look at some alternative uses for Botox®

Botox® relief for excessive sweating available from Dr Kim Prescott, aesthetic doctor and medical lecturer

For anyone who suffers from excessive sweating, injections into the sweat glands can dramatically reduce the embarrassment of sweat-stained clothing. Sweating is a natural cooling system for the body but in some people, the body produces far more sweat than is needed to cool it, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. 

Your doctor will only recommend botulinum toxin A injections if other medical treatments are not working. The treatment involves a series of 20 to 30 injections in the underarm area and works by blocking the nerve signals responsible for the sweating. Results can last between 4 and 6 months although patients tend to find that over time they can go longer and longer between treatments.

Find out more about booking a consultation with Dr Kim Prescott at drkpclinic.co.uk.

Botox® relief for teeth grinding and clenching available at Portmore Dental

If you grind your teeth when you’re not eating, you may have a disorder called bruxism. Constant teeth grinding and clenching can cause your teeth to wear down over time. They can even become shorter and eventually break.

Botox® can help relieve the muscle soreness that comes with bruxism and can remove the pressure on the teeth. It will also reprogram the brain and teaches it not to overuse the muscles.

During a bruxism treatment, Dr. Eben Van Der Walt will thoroughly assess all the muscles involved, trigger points, and referred pain areas to ensure he injects the Botox® correctly. The injection will impair the muscle and teach your brain not to misuse it. This weakening will only reduce the amount of overuse (hypertrophy)of the muscles, so you can still function, eat, and chew properly. It will take between 3 days and 2 weeks for the effects to fully show.

Botox® is usually prescribed as the ideal treatment and maintenance protocol for bruxism. While it isn’t a cure for bruxism, you may notice it can control its symptoms better than other treatments. The results will usually last for about a year.

Explore the treatments available at Portmore Dental at portmoredental.co.uk.

Botox® relief for chronic migraines available at Benenden Hospital

If you’re a migraine sufferer, then you will know how debilitating they can be. They can affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out your normal daily activities and for some, this can mean staying in bed for days at a time. 

Benenden Hospital offers the Botox® for Migraine treatment within the outpatients department. This consists of a set of injections and is a preventative treatment for chronic migraine cases.

Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®) is a natural protein that’s made by a certain kind of bacteria. The protein is removed from the bacteria and then specially prepared before use. This protein is the ‘active ingredient’: in other words, it’s the part of the medicine that does the work. 

As it is used as a preventative treatment, it means that rather than stop your headaches once they’ve started, it aims to reduce the number of days on which you get headaches and improve your quality of life if you suffer from chronic migraine.

As a self-funded patient, you will need a GP referral. You can then book a consultation by calling the Private Patient Team on 01580 362850 benendenhospital.org.uk.

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