BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular anti-wrinkle injection in the United States. Last year, in fact, it outpaced all other cosmetic treatments and surgeries with more than 6 million treatments, according to the annual report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
However, BOTOX® was originally developed for medical use, and has been used for a wide variety of treatments since its original FDA approval in 1989 for the treatment of eyelid spasms. It was not approved for cosmetic use until 2002, specifically to treat frown lines between the brows (and, in 2013, crow’s feet).
Today, it is used for a range of treatments, some of which are FDA approved, and some of which are off-label uses. Today, we’re going to talk about the lesser-known FDA approved uses for Botox. Next week, we’ll focus on off-label use.
Eye Spasms/Crossed Eyes
The original use for BOTOX, eye spasms and crossed eyes are still being treated with BOTOX today. Relaxing these muscles can help alleviate eye problems, which may also help with some types of headaches.
Your antiperspirant may be doing the trick for keeping your underarm sweating at bay, but if not, BOTOX is available to help. Though not a well-known use for the drug, it is FDA approved to block the chemicals that cause excessive sweating.
If you suffer from migraines, then you know how debilitating they can be. Although most people only suffer from the occasional migraine, many unlucky people have chronic migraines, which can be difficult to treat. It’s still a bit unclear as to why BOTOX helps alleviate migraine pain, but it has been FDA approved for treating migraines for the last few years.
Approved and Reliable
These uses are just the tip of the iceberg for what this amazing drug can treat. Despite all the possible uses for BOTOX, the most prevalent use for the injections remains the same: temporarily treating facial wrinkles by limiting facial muscle movement.
If you’re interested in BOTOX for cosmetic purposes, it’s important to seek out a qualified provider, such as our esteemed colleague and team member, James Christian, RPA-C. Our Manhattan and Long Island-based centers offer BOTOX injections as well as a wide variety of facial plastic surgery procedures by our surgeons. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of NY to schedule a free consultation today.
*BOTOX® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.