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Surprising Ways Botox® is Changing the Face… of Medicine

Botox®  Anti-Aging Injectable | Austin DermatologyBotox® is one of the most popular cosmetic dermatology procedures to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The procedure involves minimal discomfort and almost no downtime. One of the additional benefits of Botox® , which is not known to many people, is its application in the field of medicine.

The FDA has approved Botox® over the years for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. This is impacting the medical landscape in positive ways. The condition is that Botox® should only be administered by a qualified provider to ensure a more safe and expected outcome. Experienced dermatologist Dr. Steven Zimmet provides Botox® injections to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.



Botox® earned the FDA’s approval as a treatment for migraines in 2010. Although researchers are still unable to conclusively determine the methodology of action of Botox® against migraines, but the results have been undeniable. Many researchers believe that Botox® as a neuromodulator blocks the pain signals to the nerves, which helps a patient to achieve relief from migraines.

The treatment provider must follow the defined regimen for Botox® injections to treat migraine. Botox® must be recommended only when the diagnosis of migraine is confirmed. It should not be used for severe or persistent headaches that often get mistaken by patients as migraine.


Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

Some people may suffer from urinary urgency or may have a frequent need to urinate because of an overactive bladder. If medications and other treatments do not provide relief, Botox® injectable solution may be applied to treat this condition in patients above the age of 18.

Urinary incontinence is commonly seen in patients suffering from a neurological disorder or a related condition. The condition of incontinence can also be improved with Botox® injections. The provider will use a cystoscope of administer Botox® in a targeted manner. Several patients report significant improvement with just two treatments a year.



Medical research about Botox® as a treatment for depression is still in its early stages, but some researchers already point out to the potential benefits of Botox® for patients of depression. They believe that when an individual forms a specific facial expression, the corresponding nerves deliver feedback to the brain to prolong and reinforce those feelings.

Botox® can be used for its neuromodulating properties to disrupt the signals of sadness and depression by targeting the specific nerves. A positive state of mind of the patient may be restored with this approach. A few researchers are also studying the effects of cosmetic improvement of the face, which may lead to emotion of happiness and support the patient’s fight against depression.


Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Excessive underarm sweating, clinically called axillary hyperhidrosis, affects more than a million Americans today. The FDA has given its approval to Botox® for treating this condition, where anti-perspirants, and other non-invasive techniques do not work.

Botox® medication blocks the nerve signals that cause stimulation of sweat glands in the underarm area, and bring sweat production in the underarms to a halt. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for Botox® and other skin care procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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