Last week, we discussed some of the lesser-known FDA-approved uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, FDA approval takes a great deal of time and resources to achieve, and thus, many physicians use Botox for a wide variety of off-label purposes.
While off-label use may sound suspect, bear in mind that BOTOX® Cosmetic was only approved for treating frown lines between the brows until this year, when crow’s feet treatment was officially added to the list. Obviously, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and successfully to treat other areas of the face for years.
Let’s take a look at some more unusual uses of this versatile drug that are currently being used without FDA approval.
Though BOTOX is FDA approved to treat overactive bladder only following nerve damage, many doctors are using it to treat all kinds of patients who suffer from the problem. By relaxing the bladder muscle with Botox, patients tend to experience fewer episodes of urge incontinence.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, is an issue that affects the jaw and chewing muscles, causing pain. A study was conducted on using Botox to treat TMJ pain, but the result was that the decrease in pain was not substantial enough to justify further study.
Wearing high heels or non-supportive shoes on a regular basis can cause foot pain and other problems. Some doctors have treated this issue by injecting Botox into the ball of the foot to help protect nerves and tissue. However, this only treats the pain, and not the root of the problems.
BOTOX has been used to stimulate hair growth in people who are experiencing hair loss. This is not a common use for Botox, but it is an off-label application of the drug that could help people that are experiencing this particular sign of aging.
The Bottom Line
BOTOX is an extremely versatile and generally safe drug that can treat a wide range of complex problems. However, it is important to do your research on any treatment you seek and make sure you go to a knowledgeable physician or experienced medical professional who will not take risks with your health.
If you’re looking for BOTOX, always seek treatment from a skilled provider, including our injector James Christian, RPA-C in Manhattan and Long Island.
Our plastic surgery centers are AAAHC accredited, and our plastic and cosmetic surgeons offer a wide range of treatments, including BOTOX, facial plastic surgery, and body procedures. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call us today.
*BOTOX® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.