3 Unexpected Alternative Uses for Botox

Rachel Krause
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When we think Botox, we think of “Real Housewives”-style frozen faces—and, relatedly, how much money we’ll have to spend on anti-aging skin care in order to steer clear. Firstly, there’s no shame in a little bit of tweaking here and there, but furthermore, Botox isn’t quite the one-trick pony we may think of it as. In fact, it has a few medical uses you may not even be aware of. Headache sufferers, pay close attention.

Botox is FDA-approved as an effective, though temporary, way to address pain from chronic migraines, so serious headache sufferers rejoice: no back-alley Botox here. It’s theorized that the injections prohibit pain signals from reaching nerve endings, so migraines are dramatically less severe—and occur with significantly less frequency—if not eliminated altogether.

Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be temporarily treated by injecting Botox into the sweat glands, particularly those in the underarms. Botox works to temporarily hinder the secretion of the chemical that triggers the body’s sweat glands, which blocks the body from producing sweat in the areas where Botox has been injected just below the surface of the skin. Research has shown that Botox frequently results in an 82-87% reduction in sweating, which is pretty significant—especially for those who have known the embarrassment of suffering from hyperhidrosis.

Muscle Spasms
As a nerve impulse blocker, Botox inhibits targeted muscles from contracting and forces them to relax—so, when injected into muscles affected by sudden spasms, it reduces the activity that causes said spasms. It can also be used to address eye twitching by freezing the surrounding muscles, so the twitching and spasming can’t occur.

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