Over the last 50 years, botulinum toxin has gone from being a deadly disease to valuable medical treatment. It has been used for a variety of purposes, including improving patients’ quality of life.


What is Botox?

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin type A, is a neurotoxin that was originally developed to treat muscle spasms. It has since been used for a wide range of cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.

It is most commonly used to treat excessive sweating and fine lines on the face.

Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin that can be injected into muscles to block nerve impulses. This causes relaxation of the muscle, resulting in temporary paralysis of the muscle.

In 1989, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox® for the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, and cervical dystonias in patients older than 12 years.

In 2002, Botox was approved for use in cosmetic applications (for use on facial wrinkles). In 2004, Botox was approved for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis.

Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, which prevents muscles from contracting. This in turn relaxes facial wrinkles and smooths out furrows between the eyebrows.

Botox can be a poisonous substance when used incorrectly. Botox injections are safe when they’re done by a trained medical professional using sterile needles and syringes. But they can be dangerous if you inject yourself—or someone else does it for you—with the toxin.


How can Botox treat OAB and Urinary Incontinence?

Overactive bladder affects millions of people in the United States and is a debilitating condition that can be difficult to manage. It can cause you to feel like you need to urinate more often than is normal for you, even when your bladder isn’t full. This can lead to a constant feeling of pressure in your bladder, which can make it difficult for you to control the urge to urinate.

Urinary incontinence affects even more people, with about 20 million Americans experiencing this issue at some point in their lives. Urinary incontinence can be caused by an infection or injury and may even occur after childbirth or menopause. In some cases, it’s also linked to other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Botox injections have been used successfully as a treatment for both conditions since 2013 when they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating urinary incontinence in adults who have spasticity in their pelvic floor muscles or who have had bladder neck surgery.

Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses that send signals from the brain to muscles in your bladder and urethra (the tube through which you urinate). When these signals are blocked, your muscles relax and do not contract as strongly or frequently, making it easier for you to control your bladder function and prevent leaks.

The majority of patients experience a significant reduction in symptoms and an improvement in quality of life after undergoing the procedure.


The Effect of Botox on Bladder 

The effects of Botox injections in the bladder are not permanent. These effects may last anywhere from several months to a year or more. If you’re considering botox injection therapy for your bladder, talk with your doctor about your expectations for how long you’ll need treatment, as well as whether there are other options for managing your condition.



Desert Sky Urology

If you are interested in botox injection for OAB and incontinence, please contact us Desert Sky Urology for an appointment.