Botox is no longer the taboo injection it once was. Now, it’s the most popular neurotoxin on the market, and it can be used for a whole lot more than just cosmetic enhancements.
Don’t believe us? From treating migraines to controlling excessive sweating, here are six alternative uses of Botox.
Can’t shake your mind-shattering migraines? According to board-certified dermatologist and celebrity beauty expert Dr. Anna Guanche, Botox might be able to help. To be eligible for migraine-treating Botox, “[You] have to meet certain criteria; [you should have migraines] more than or equal to 15 days per month with the headaches lasting four hours a day or longer,” she explains. “Neurologists will then inject the Botox into the scalp region and into the hairline.”
Upper and lower limb spasticity
If you live with upper or lower limb spasticity, Botox can alleviate the tightness by decreasing the severity of muscle tone or stiffness. A study showed that clinical patients saw improvements in just four to six weeks!
Cervical dystonia (aka rigid neck muscles)
Are weekly massages just not cutting it anymore? “If the neck muscles are too tight [as is the case with cervical dystonia, a condition where your muscles are so inflexible that your head and neck involuntarily move], Botox can be used to help relax them,” Guanche says.
If your lids tend to flutter without you intending them to, it may be time to consult your eye doctor. They’ll be able to determine if Botox can be used to help reduce your symptoms and bring your lids back to neutral movement.
Don’t worry about how close you are to a bathroom ever again. “Botox can be injected in certain parts of the bladder in order to combat frequent urination or leakage,” says Guanche.
Hyperhidrosis (aka excessive sweating)
Let’s be real, sometimes even prescription deodorant can’t combat excessive sweating. Luckily, Guanche says that Botox is an FDA-approved option to combat hyperhidrosis in the underarms.
xx, The FabFitFun Team