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BOTOX Isn’t Just for Wrinkles

August 23, 2022

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Woman receiving BOTOX injectionBOTOX is the top non-invasive procedure performed in 2022, with over 7.4 million Americans receiving treatments annually. Although it’s often used to turn back the clock on wrinkles and fine lines, age-defying benefits aren’t the only reason it ranks among the most popular cosmetic treatments year after year. Believe it or not, BOTOX can be used for a variety of conditions, not just aesthetic reasons. From head to toe, here are 5 less known uses for BOTOX.

1. Crossed Eyes or Eyelid Spasms

BOTOX was originally intended to treat crossed eyes. However, case studies found it also benefited muscle spasms, particularly those affecting the face. When injected into certain muscles, it paralyzes them temporarily to stop contractions that can cause involuntary movements, like eyelid spasms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved BOTOX to be used for crossed eyes and eyelid spasms.

2. Migraines

The FDA has also approved BOTOX for migraine treatment. Doctors discovered its benefits for chronic headaches after treating patients for eye-related issues. After completing additional research, the FDA signed the approval in 2010. Researchers found BOTOX injections every 3 months can reduce the number of days a patient has migraines by 50%.

3. Stomach Issues

Patients with difficulty passing food from their stomachs into their intestines may be candidates for BOTOX. When injected into the pyloric sphincter, it allows the muscle to relax to let food pass from the stomach to the small intestine at the duodenum to complete the first phase of digestion. 

4. Overactive Bladder

33 million Americans have an overactive bladder, which can affect their quality of life. It’s caused by nerve signals triggering the brain to empty the bladder urgently, which can lead to leaks and incontinence. When used for overactive bladder, 90% of patients have an improvement in their symptoms because of BOTOX’s paralytic properties. 

5. Foot Pain

Walking causes weight to distribute evenly on the feet; however, athletes and people who wear certain types of shoes can experience an imbalance. This can lead to tight muscles and tendons that may make it difficult or painful to walk. BOTOX can act as an orthopedic pad when injected into the foot. Researchers have found that it can be more effective than using a steroid. 

Harness the Benefits of BOTOX

BOTOX isn’t just an anti-aging solution. It has been approved for 7 non-cosmetic purposes by the FDA. It’s a great alternative that doesn’t involve surgery or scarring. With few adverse side effects and results that can last for months, BOTOX might be the perfect addition to your treatment plan. Ask your physician if BOTOX is right for you today.

About Dr. Cody Calderwood

Dr. Calderwood achieved his dental degree at the University of Maryland and has completed advanced education in many specialties, like dental implants and cosmetic services. He is a proud member of various professional organizations, including the Utah and American Dental Association. If you’re interested in aesthetic services, contact our office to request your consultation.