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6 Uses For Botox You Never Knew About

BotoxIn recent years, Botox has become popular as a plastic surgery miracle. Most people know Botox as a treatment for wrinkles and frown lines, but it has a number of other surprising uses, and not all are cosmetic. Here are six uses for Botox that you probably didn’t know about.

Foot Pain from Wearing High Heels

Stilettotarsal, a condition involving foot pain from wearing high heels, is being treated with Botox injections to the ball of the foot. The procedure, known as foot filler, works by protecting the soft tissues and nerves in the affected area. Most patients are women in their forties with foot problems from decades of wearing high-heeled shoes.

Gummy Smile

Doctors say that the condition referred to as gummy smile, where too much of the gums are displayed when a person smiles, is caused by the upper lip rising too far. By injecting Botox into specific locations along the upper lip, movement can be reduced so that the lip will stay further down and preserve a more normal appearance. Only experienced Botox doctors should be relied on for this very precise procedure, where the key is to weaken the muscles that raise the lips. If incorrect amounts or locations are injected, the result could be a lopsided or absent smile for several months afterwards.

Breast Lift

Although Botox isn’t approved for this use, and it doesn’t make the breasts larger, it can be injected into the pectoralis minor muscle to reduce sagginess. This works by allowing the back muscles to naturally pull backward on the shoulders. Many women are requesting the procedure before special events, but the effects last for several months. Doctors say that the Botox breast augmentation is most effective for middle-aged women with smaller breasts.

Excessive Sweating

Constant sweating without cause, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, can be treated with Botox injections to problematic areas. Doctors inject Botox into patients’ armpits, palms and other areas to block the chemical that stimulates sweating. Although this doesn’t cure hyperhidrosis, it does prevent symptoms from occurring for as long as six to seven months afterwards.

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder involves pain and mechanical problems affecting the muscles and joints of the jaw. The FDA has not approved Botox treatment for TMJ, and at least one study found that the therapy wasn’t optimal for the disorder, but many patients are choosing Botox for their TMJ nonetheless. TMJ patients commonly suffer from the condition because of a tendency to constantly brace and clench their jaws during the day and night, resulting in slow strain on the muscles and joints. Botox can partially disable the muscles involved, preventing forceful biting and the damage that ensues.

Migraines

People who suffer from chronic, disabling migraines may find some level of relief from Botox injections. The procedure involves more than 30 injections in several areas around the face and head. Although the treatment is expensive, it improves functionality and quality of life for patients and is covered by many insurance companies.

About the author: Carl Lux is a practicing plastic surgeon who also tutors part time and many local universities. Carl’s major area of expertise is the administration of Botox for both medical and cosmetic procedures.

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