Think Botox is just for de-wrinkling? Then think again. The popular injectable is now used for a multitude of surprising things from curing migraines through to eliminating excessive sweating problems. Originally invented in the 1980s by Dr Alan Scott as he searched for a cure for people suffering from crossed eyes, Botox is now used for a number of treatments.
Botox has earned Allergan, the pharmaceutical company behind it, an estimated $ 1.3 billion on worldwide sales for medical and cosmetic use. With 6 FDA approved uses and 90 patent applications pending, what will Botox be used for next? Here are some of the most common uses of Botox.
1. To Reduce Wrinkles
The most popular use of Botox is to soften wrinkles and lines to reduce the signs of aging. It is most commonly used on the face on areas where wrinkles are most apparent, such as around the eyes on what is often referred to as “crow’s feet”, along forehead lines and in frown lines. There is no need to use anaesthetic and the procedure will only take a few minutes, which is another reason why it is so popular.
2. To Fix a Gummy Smile
A ‘gummy smile’ is when your upper lip goes too high above your teeth and gums when you smile. This can make those who have this conscious or embarrassed but by injecting Botox into the upper lip, it will weaken the muscles and the outcome will be a well-balanced smile.
3. Excessive Sweating
“How can you use Botox for sweating problems?” I hear you cry! For almost seven years, Botox has been used to combat the problem of severe underarm sweating, as it simply blocks the chemical that is released to stimulate the sweat glands. This is effective all over the body, from the underarms to hands and feet.
Patients who suffer from chronic migraines will be happy to hear that Botox injections can in fact help their symptoms. It is thought that the Botox injections halt the pain signals and prevent them from reaching the nerve endings that causes the crippling pain.
5. Genital Arousal
Botox can also help to control persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) – this is a condition where a person becomes spontaneously and uncontrollably aroused for days or even longer. Botox works by blocking the dorsal nerve that provides feelings to the clitoris; this can provide relief for sufferers.
Using Botox for a variety of different causes, other than the standard wrinkle removal, shows how diverse it really is. With a large number of patents pending, there is no telling what this product will do next.