For years, Botox injections have been paraded as a quick solution to erase the lines and wrinkles that come from aging. The idea that Botox is strictly for anti-aging effects is no longer true in today’s society. Although the procedure does fade the appearance of unsightly crow’s feet, frown lines, neck creases and forehead wrinkles, the use of Botox to relieve certain medical conditions is just as viable and effective as the former. If you are suffer from chronic migraines, tension headaches, hyperhidrosis, arthritis or even an enlarged prostate, then your answer is Botox.

How do Botox injections help these conditions? It’s simple, the Botox solution is a paralyzing drug that freezes the movement of muscles. It does this by intercepting the signals sent from nerves that tell muscles to produce the chemicals required to contract- which simultaneously relieves aches and pains related to your muscles and joints, reduces sweating, and makes you look younger in the process. Botox can be injected into the problem areas of your face, palms, soles, breasts, buttocks, and back.

If you’re wondering about the possible side effects of Botox, keep in mind that it has only been available in the U.S. since 2002. Therefore, the side effects are largely unknown unless the Botox solution interacts with another medication you’re taking. If you are taking medication, it’s important that your doctor knows this information prior to the procedure.

Botox injections are beneficial to anyone, whether it’s for anti-aging or pain relief.