Before the year 2002, using a known neurotoxin to smooth the fine lines on your face would have sounded much like science fiction. The year that Botox was approved for treating wrinkles by the FDA was a banner year for cosmetic procedures.
Botox is one of the best-known and most popular products in the country, and its uses as a head-to-toe problem solver continue to grow. Because knowledge is a good thing and curiosity must be kept alive, here are six ways that Botox is changing the way we look and feel:
1.Eyelid Spasms. The first FDA approved use of Botox (1989) was for the treatment of certain types of eye muscle problems or abnormal spasms of the eyelids (blepharospasms) in people 12 years and older.
2.Migraine Headaches. In 2013, Botox received FDA approval for the treatment of migraine headaches. The treatment involves the injection of Botox into seven different locations including the temples, neck, shoulders, and forehead. The medical community does not know exactly how Botox eases migraine symptoms, but it is believed the injections prevent pain signals from reaching the nerve endings.
3.Eyebrow Lift. Botox provides a quick and less dramatic version of the popular brow lift. A tiny amount of Botox is injected into the muscles responsible for pulling the eyebrows down. As these muscles become weakened, the eyebrows lift, elevating the brow.
4.Overactive Bladder. Botox is used to treat incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms in adults when other types of medications do not work or cannot be taken.
5.“Gummy Smiles.” This occurs when the upper lip is excessively elevated showing off a large portion of the gums when smiling. Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the retractor muscles, lowering the lip line and producing a more aesthetically balanced smile.
6.Excessive sweating. You probably haven’t heard much about this, but for about seven years Botox injections have been approved for severe underarm sweating, a life-saver for those who struggle with this condition.
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