Botox- it’s a word so common and specifically ingrained in our vocabulary that we often forget its origin and other uses. For example, you probably didn’t know that Botox was first used to correct crossed eyes! Since Botox weakens the muscles that it’s injected into, it was effectively used to release the strained muscles that cause people to have crossed eyes. But a little (well, a lot) of marketing has transformed botulism into the most widely known wrinkle reliever of all time. While its cosmetic purposes continue to have fans singing its praises, Botox can be used for other purposes, too!
It’s a shame to be embarrassed of your smile! But many people are. Having a smile which shows too much of the upper gum is referred to as “gummy smile”, and many people seek solutions to fix it. While the procedure isn’t FDA approved yet, doctors are experimenting with injecting Botox into the upper lip so that less of the gum is revealed during a smile.
Suffering a migraine is not fun. Sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms often accompany this pain. Using Botox for migraines was recently FDA approved, and while it isn’t exactly certain how Botox lessons the symptoms, it’s thought that Botox prevents pain signals from reaching nerve endings.
The Botox Boob Job could be the next big thing. The procedure doesn’t enlarge the breasts, but it can give them a nice lift without the use of invasive surgery. This one isn’t FDA approved yet, but we suspect that if it gets approved, it will be wildly popular.
Botox for excessive sweating has actually been FDA approved for seven years now. You can get Botox injected in your armpits, hands, or feet to block the release of the chemical that stimulates your sweat glands. It’s not a permanent fix, but it will stop the excessive sweating for around 7 months.