Botox: The Secret Pain Reliever

Young woman touching her temples in pain

Many people who want to look and feel their very best turn to Botox treatments. However, did you know that Botox treatments can also help reduce pain? In fact, it can benefit muscle wellness to make it easier to cope with not only wrinkles or cosmetic imperfections, but also pain-causing conditions such as TMD. Here is a little more information on Botox injections, a lesser-known yet very effective pain reliever that is commonly used today.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neuromuscular blocking agent that, when injected into a part of the face, can help decrease instances of muscle contraction. The process behind this is when it comes to wrinkles is quite simple; the Botox loosens and softens the skin to make it appear as if the wrinkles are gone. Contrary to popular belief that Botox acts as a filler, it in fact levels out the surface of your skin to minimize the visual presence of wrinkles.

How Will It Treat My Migraines?

Botox works to relax tightened muscles in the face, scalp, or neck. As a direct result, it has been shown to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines and pain for many people. Results will vary from person to person, but a noticeable reduction in instances of migraines is still highly likely.

Botox Treatment Eligibility

Individuals wishing to pursue Botox treatments should be aware that it is very safe, making it a popular choice for wrinkle treatments in the first place. Almost everyone is a perfectly suitable patient for Botox injections; only pregnant women and those with neuromuscular disorders should not have this treatment done.

The Recovery Process

The recovery process after Botox treatments is quite fast and utterly painless. During the first 24 hours, the recipient of the injection(s) might feel tenderness or a sense of malaise, but these sensations are completely normal and will quickly subside.

Are There Any Associated Risks?

Sometimes, on rare occasion, the treatment may not successfully work, but the patient is not at risk of health or wellness complications regardless. The risks commonly associated with receiving Botox injections are minimal in terms of scope and involve slight, temporary discomfort more than anything else. Typically, this will include puffiness or asymmetry of the face, particularly due to the fact that the muscles receiving the injection are not those responsible for smiling or similar facial movement.

At the Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic, Dr. Dahan performs Botox treatment to benefit your health and wellness from the inside out. Contact us today for further details or to book an appointment.