Okay I can’t think of 101 uses for Botox, but I bet you there are that many! Every few days it seems I hear of yet another new use for Botox. Botox is not just for wrinkles – oh no – there are all sorts of ailments it can treat! Remember that Botox treatments are just temporary, lasting from 3-6 months. Here are some of the alternative uses for Botox:
Lift saggy breasts
In the September 2007 issue of Health magazine, I learned doctors in Europe and Canada are now using Botox to boost saggy breasts! By injecting the pectoral muscles with Botox, you can temporarily lift the breast tissue. Unfortunately, this only works on women with smaller breasts.
As I discussed in my Botox for excessive sweating post, you can eliminate underarm sweating with Botox! The palms, feet, and face can also possibly be treated.
Migraine sufferers can get relief by getting Botox injections into the back or sides of the head, forehead or brow area.
Sculpt the face
Skilled injectors, like Dermatologist Dr. Brandt (the largest user of Botox in the US) use Botox to sculpt the face, turning up the nose, lifting the eyebrows to enlarge the eyes, and adding the illusion of volume in strategic areas.
Pout the lips, and turn up corners of mouth
As little as 1 unit of botox can be injected under the bottom lip to puff it out, creating the appearance of a pouty lip. I had the lip treatment done, and did notice a visible difference in my bottom lip. Botox can also be injected into the corners of the mouth to slightly turn them up, creating a more pleasant appearing smile.
Relax bands in neck
As we age, some people develop vertical bands in the neck, which can be softened with Botox. The effect can also simulate a neck lift, if a lot of excess skin is not present.
Botox can relax the muscles in the chin, reducing the appearance of “golf ball chin” as it is sometimes referred.
Men who have had their prostate injected with Botox have seen a decrease in its size, as well as relief from some of the side effects associated with an enlarged prostate.
Muscle spasms and eye twitching
Several types of muscle spasms can be treated with Botox – involuntary eyelid closure, eye twitching, face, jaw and neck spasms, vocal chord spasms, and even stuttering can be lessened with Botox injections.
TMJ / TMD
I currently suffer from TMJ, which is pain in the jaw, neck and ear. While I’m currently taking medication for it, I’d consider having Botox injected into my TMJ muscles to decrease the tension. I’ve researched this a lot, and was about to get Botox injections for it, before I found a medication that works reasonably well for now.
Doctors can inject Botox into the base of the bladder to relieve the problems associated with an overactive bladder.
Lower back pain
I sometimes suffer from lower back pain, and researching for this article alerted me to this possible Botox use. This is potentially great news since back pain is extremely prevalent in today’s society.
Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis
Botox has been used for years to treat children with Cerebral Palsy – it relaxes the muscles that are in spasm. People with Multiple Sclerosis can also be treated with Botox to lessen muscle contractions that cause spasms and stiffness.
Currently Botox is not FDA-approved for many of these treatments, so doctors have been using Botox off-label. Some of the uses for Botox have only been done on a handful of patients, so they are currently not widely-used. If you do have one of the ailments I’ve listed, and current treatments have been unsuccessful, research how Botox has been used to treat your ailment, and then talk to you doctor about his or her opinion. Not all doctors are quick to embrace Botox for off-label use, so I wouldn’t be surprised if your doctor has never used it. Also, not everyone will be a candidate for Botox. Read my Botox tips post for more information about Botox.