The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the use of BOTOX in 1989. With it having been around for more than three decades, it comes as no surprise that medical professionals–including plastic surgeons and dermatologists–have used BOTOX to treat a variety of conditions. Below, we give an overview of other lesser-known but still common uses for BOTOX injections.
Is BOTOX Approved to Do More Than Treat Wrinkles?
Yes, BOTOX is approved to treat more than wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. In fact, it was used to treat two muscle disorders when it was first approved–blepharospasm (eye twitching) and strabismus (“crossed eyes”). Since then, medical practitioners have used BOTOX to treat other muscle disorders.
What Are Other Uses for BOTOX?
You may recall that BOTOX uses a toxin (botulinum) that blocks the signal that tells muscles to contract. Regarding spastic eyelids, an injection of BOTOX can relieve its symptoms by relaxing the affected muscles.
Usually, a problem with your nervous system causes a weak bladder. This condition can make you think you have to use the bathroom when you don’t or cause you to have poor control over your bladder and “leak” before you can get to the bathroom (urinary incontinence). Approximately 90% of people who treated either condition with BOTOX saw a decrease in their symptoms.
You may experience overly tightened calf muscles or a weakened Achilles tendon if you wear heels often or are an athlete. Medical professionals use BOTOX to treat these sorts of pain ailments, too.
Overactive Sweat Glands
As it does with muscles, BOTOX can block the signals that make your sweat glands active. Thus, if you have overly sweaty hands or feet, you can apply a BOTOX injection to the site.
Set a BOTOX Appointment Today
Whether you are getting BOTOX for cosmetic or medical reasons, you should always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist first. When BOTOX is safely administered, it can be a cure-all for the many inconveniences aging and muscle disorders cause. For more information or to schedule a BOTOX consultation at Jeffrey C. Dawes, MD, FRCSC Plastic and Dermatologic Surgery, call 403-571-3141 now.