13 Jul Many Uses of Botox
Botox is well-known for temporarily freezing unwanted lines and wrinkles, but it has a surprising amount of other usages. Spectrum Dermatology is committed to educating clients on options for treating a variety of complaints, and Botox is approved for nine medical conditions along with scores of cosmetic conditions. Botox has been FDA approved for almost 30 years, and today one of the most common uses of Botox outside of wrinkle control is treating chronic migraines.
Botox For Migraines
Botox has been approved to treat chronic migraines (those lasting at least 15 days) since 2010. On average, the effects of Botox for chronic migraines last up to three months. The FDA has also approved Botox for excessive underarm sweating. It was quickly noticed that patients who got Botox in their face sweated less, which led to the discovery that Botox can reduce sweating. It is also approved for use in the hands and feet.
Botox For Bladders
Botox is FDA approved to help with overactive bladders, too. According to the dean at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Botox is the most impactful treatment for overactive bladders with 70 percent of women reporting a reduction in leaks of 40 percent. Another surprising use for Botox is to help patients who are cross-eyed. It was one of the first Botox approvals for non-wrinkle treatments, and can help with strabismus—which affects four percent of Americans.
Botox For Spasms
Botox for severe neck spasms has been FDA approved since 2000. However, it has only been shown to treat a certain type of neck spasm, cervical dystonia. This neck spasm is marked with severe neck pain and an abnormal neck position.
Some doctors approve Botox “off-label” to treat conditions that aren’t FDA approved. However, this doesn’t mean the FDA won’t approve these treatments in the future. One of the most promising is using Botox to treat depression. Early trials hint that Botox can relieve depression symptoms. The “facial feedback hypothesis” suggests that facial expressions can shift a person’s mood.