Botox treatments are on the rise. Between 2015 and 2016 there was a 4% rise in use, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If that doesn't exactly seem staggering, in the decade and a half between 2000 and 2016 the use of Botox rose 797%. While this injection is commonly known for its ability to reduce wrinkles, that's not its only use. It might be a deadly toxin, but Botox is also helpful when used by a qualified medical professional. How can it help you in ways that don't involve tiny lines and facial creases?
Migraines are a pain. Literally. They can ruin your life, making it almost impossible to go on with everyday activities such as taking care of children, going to work or enjoying social situations. When the pills the doc prescribed aren't working, Botox may be the answer. It has been shown to prevent migraine headaches (not regular nuisance types of headaches) before they start. Keep in mind, this isn't a one time and you're done deal. It takes multiple ongoing treatments to keep the suffering away.
Everyone sweats. It's just a fact of life. But, some people have excessive sweating issues. If you have underarm sweating that doesn't respond to the typical treatments (antiperspirants), Botox may help. In 2004 the FDA approved the drug for use in patients that have severe and excessive underarm sweating. It can take up to two weeks post-treatment to see and feel the results. These results typically last between 4 and 12 months.
The toxin has been used for years (more like decades) to treat strabismus, or crossed eyes. After being injected by a pro, Botox takes effect within 24 to 48 hours of use (but, the peak effectiveness may not happen for a few weeks). It weakens the muscles around the eye, and will continue to work for three to four months.
While Botox is FDA-approved for migraines, underarm sweating and crossed eyes, other uses have also come to light. Even though there's research constantly going on when it comes to the injectable, not every suspected use is approved by the FDA – that is, yet. These include using the toxin to treat severely cold hands, premature ejaculation and even depression.
Yes, Botox treatments are almost immediately effective for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But, it's possible that your doctor may prescribe it for plenty of other reasons. From chronic headaches to sweaty armpits, this toxin may actually improve your life.