Now accepting virtual appointments for consultations. Schedule a virtual visit.

6 Surprising Uses for Botox®

Did you know Botox® was originally created to treat people with crossed eyes? In the 60s, Dr. Alan Scott thought if he could relax the muscle that caused the crossing, he’d be able to cure it. The San Franciscan ophthalmologist was onto something, and after testing a strain of purified botulism (that acts as a paralytic) he had successfully created Oculinum. His discovery was later renamed Botox® and rebranded as a wrinkle paralyzer.

While Dr. Scott was out to find a cure for crossed eyes, the medical community has since discovered numerous other uses for Botox® and the list keeps growing.

While we use Botox® for cosmetic purposes, here are six other surprising ways Botox® is used. In these cases, relief is temporary, but a great option when other treatments are not effective or cause too many other side effects.

Chronic Migraine

Botox® can be used as a preventative treatment for chronic migraine sufferers (defined by 15 or more migraines per month) with injections into the muscles of the head and neck.

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

Commonly injected under the skin of armpits, hands, feet, or face; Botox® blocks signals the brain sends to sweat glands.

Overactive Bladder

Injected into the wall of the bladder, Botox® has been found to be an effective way of treating people who suffer from urinary incontinence by reducing leaking, feeling the need to urinate right away, and frequent bathroom trips.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD and TMJ)

Jaw tension and pain can be eased by injections into the temporomandibular joint (where the skull and jaw connect). This eases tension by relaxing the joint and muscles.

Muscle Spasms and Tightening

Botox® can be injected into muscles to treat cervical dystonia (a condition that causes the muscles in your neck to tighten or spasm without your control) and Upper Limb Spasticity (in which muscles in your body become stiff or tight).

Speech Impairments

For voice disorders caused by dysphonia, Botox® injections into the larynx decrease muscle spasms or abnormal movements.

Though we may not provide all of these services, Botox® is a fascinating treatment, and we can’t wait to see what the medical community learns next!

Author
Dr. Husam Elias Hasam Elias

You Might Also Enjoy...

When Is the Right Time for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery?

Cleft lip and cleft palate -- or both -- are some of the most common birth defects. Since these disfigurements can be repaired with surgery, your first question may be WHEN those procedures can be done. Here’s what the experts recommend.

Breathe Easier With a Rhinoplasty

A nose job can do more than give you a more pleasing profile. The surgery can enhance your sinus health so you breathe easier each and every day. Learn why you might benefit from a rhinoplasty, even if you’re OK with how your nose looks.

Secure Your Dentures with Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth, but not everyone can tolerate invasive surgery or has the necessary bone to hold the posts. Mini dental implants are an alternative, even when you wear dentures.

What Is a Genioplasty?

Your chin is a defining feature in your profile. We can change your chin’s contour with genioplasty, which is chin surgery. Learn how this procedure can transform your look and boost your confidence.