Not just for wrinkles: 5 Different Uses for Botox

A. Foley on 14 Dec 2012 at 9:00am

Botox isn't just for freezing pesky wrinkles. The powerful neurotoxin, which paralyzes muscles, is widely known in the world of anti-aging, but that's not the only thing it's used for. 

5 uses of Botox:

1. Wrinkles

"Botox is a purified neurotoxin that works by paralyzing muscles. Wrinkles form due to hyperactive/repetitive facial muscles.  Over time, these wrinkles become deeper as the muscles continue to distort the overlying skin in a certain pattern.  By administering Botox, the offending muscles are weakened/paralyzed and the overlying skin is allowed to relax."
--Dr. Naveen Setty, a Plano Plastic Surgeon

 

2. Migraines

"Botox injections for headaches are commonly administered by doctors and plastic surgeons as a viable treatment option. Plastic surgeons inject Botox primarily into the forehead to relieve pain and tension. Some physicians will also inject it into the neck and shoulders. The botulinum toxin (generic Botox) is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system."
-- Dr. Kris Reddy, a West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon

 

3. Sweating

"Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, can be alleviated with Botox. Therapeutic injections directly into the affected skin. They temporarily block the sweat glands which are responsible for excessive perspiration. These injections are typically done in a single treatment session and can provide months of relief."

-- Dr. Mitchell Schwartz, a South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon

 

4. Incontinence

On August 24, 2011 the FDA approved the use of Botox for treating overactive bladders of people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.
"The new method allows a physician to inject Botox into a patient's bladder, where it relaxes the muscles and allows more urine to be stored. Clinical studies showed such injections could decrease episodes of urinary incontinence for a period of nine months."
--The Chemical Business Newsbase 

 

5. Crossed Eyes

Botulinum toxin has been around since the 1960s and was first injected into a human in 1980, but it wasn't administered for wrinkle treatment. Instead it was used to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Botox is still used for these ailments to this day.

Spasms, tension headaches, and wrinkles are all brought about by the same driving force: the muscle. When used correctly by a board-certified physician, the power to paralyze muscles means this little neurotoxin can provide treatment for an abundance of ailments!

 

Do you have any experience with the use of Botox for something other than wrinkles? Tell us about in the comments! 

 

Image source: Xosé Castro on Flickr.com

Comments (2)

Incontinence- that is amazing!

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Another uses of Botox in Otolaryngology is in mandibular joint neuralgia (Costen's syndrome) and in sialorrhea (hypersalivation). In first case Botox is injected into the temporomandibular joint and in second case small amounts of Botox are injected directly into the submandibular salivary glands or other major salivary glands. Treatment of hypersalivation by local injections of Botox into the salivary glands of the head is a reliable and efficient therapy without side effects for certain otolaryngological diseases, especially if injections are performed under sonographic control. Dr Dimos Psifidis, ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon
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