5 Unusual Uses of Botox
Allison Tsai | Sept 13, 2012
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating, even when the temperature is cool. Overactive sweat glands and uncontrollable sweating can be treated with Botox injections, especially in the underarms and hands. Botox temporarily blocks the nerves that stimulate sweating, and lasts for about six months.
For people with chronic migraines and chronic daily headaches, Botox may offer modest relief, according to a study published in April. But researchers also found that Botox did not improve or prevent episodic migraines or chronic tension headaches.
Foot pain from high heels
Foot pain is a common problem from prolonged use of high heels, and some doctors are relieving the pain with Botox injections in the feet. By injecting Botox into the ball of the foot, it protects the nerves and soft tissue.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, better known as TMJ, causes pain and problems with the jaw joint and chewing muscles. Botox is not FDA-approved to treat TMJ, but it has been used off-label for myofascial pain. One study published in the journal Pain concluded that Botox was not ideal for treating TMJ due to its high cost and lack of efficacy.
Non-invasive neck lift
As we age, not only does our face begin to show wrinkles, but the skin on the neck begins to sag. One way cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons are improving the look of this skin is by injecting Botox into the loose bands of neck muscle. It won’t entirely change the appearance, but it can improve the look.