Neurotoxins can be a powerful tool for treating a number of medical and aesthetic conditions. By preventing the production of acetylcholine, neurotoxins inhibit the passage of signals from nerve cells to tissues in the body. In small, locally-injected doses, this medication can help to control conditions such as pain, spasms, excessive sweating, and wrinkles. The procedure is quick, safe, minimally-invasive, minimally-painful, and requires no recovery time.
Muscles Spasms and Pain
Uncontrolled muscle spasms can be a source of pain and discomfort. Tension headaches and lockjaw (temporomandibular joint disorder – TMJD) are examples of how muscle spasms can inhibit quality of life. By blocking the signals from overactive nerves, neurotoxin injections can help to alleviate such conditions. Injections can also be performed to prevent eyelid and facial spasms and writer’s cramp.
In addition to inhibiting the unwanted and painful contraction of muscles, neurotoxins can also deactivate pain receptors and block the transmission of pain signals. For this reason, neurotoxins are used in the treatment of migraines. Migraines can be debilitating through a host of symptoms such as headache, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea. Along with a proper nutritional, fitness, and lifestyle regimen, neurotoxin injections are a great tool for combating migraines.
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be an embarrassing and inconvenient condition. Neurotoxin injections can inhibit the overaction of nerves whose signals stimulate the production of sweat. By targeting areas affected by overactive sweat glands, neurotoxins can help to bring hyperhidrosis under control, and avoid soaked clothes, odor, and discomfort in public.
Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet
Perhaps the best known use of neurotoxins is their use in fighting wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused by the repeated contraction of facial muscles. Neurotoxin treatment of wrinkles involves the targeted and temporary paralysis of certain facial muscles that result in wrinkling. The patient is still express emotions, but the unconscious contraction of muscles is limited, thereby reducing wrinkles on the forehead, smile lines, and crow’s feet. For those suffering from headaches and facial spasms, the same treatment can help to alleviate these conditions while maintaining a smooth and youthful complexion.