Beyond the Cosmetic: 7 Other Uses for Botox

Doctor holding medical injection containing botoxEverywhere in the world, medical professionals use botox injections to tame wrinkles. But there is more to botox than this relatively simple cosmetic procedure. The treatment, in fact, has many other applications in the medical industry.

Other uses of botox injections

1) Chronic migraines

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox to treat people with chronic migraines in 2010. The botox is injected into various parts of head and neck. Its effects can last up to three months.

2) Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

Another FDA-approved use for Botox is treating patients with excessive sweating in underarms, hands, and feet. It was approved in 2004.

3) Severe neck spasms

The FDA approved the use of Botox for dystonia, which is characterized by severe neck pain, in 2000.

4) Overactive bladder

Experts have proven that Botox can be used to treat people who have an overactive bladder. It works for women with severe incontinence, as well. These procedures are FDA-approved.

5) Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Botox can be used to treat TMJ, particularly jaw pain that comes with clenching and grinding.

6) Muscle spasms

Another FDA-approved use of Botox is treating muscle spasms in the face, neck, shoulders, and eyelids since it is very effective in blocking nerve impulse.

7) Strabismus

Also known as the crossed-eye disorder, Botox can be used to treat the condition. It can change the eye positions, causing the eye to refocus. The effects last up to four months.

Botox has therapeutic uses too; it can treat various health conditions and disorders despite having temporary effects. The good thing about it is that the majority of its medical applications have the approval of FDA. It means it is generally safe to undergo a procedure involving Botox.