Summary: Botox has a long history as one of the most effective cosmetic procedures around today. From Botox in Minneapolis to Botox in Los Anglees, this injection is used to mitigate wrinkles caused by muscle contractions. But the uses for Botox don’t end there. Indeed, researchers are constantly looking for new uses for this injectable, and because of that research, Botox is being used to treat some surprisingly various conditions, including migraines and Depression. But, like any good innovation, Botox isn’t stopping there.
The Many Uses for Botox
Botox is one of the best ways in the world to get rid of wrinkles, especially if you don’t’ want surgery of any kind. Look—there’s a lot to like about Botox injections. They target muscle groups that cause wrinkles and paralyze them. Essentially, some of your muscles can contract, and your skin can get stuck in a kind of contraction-caused wrinkle. This usually manifests as smile lines or concentration lines around the face, and there’s not much you can do to get rid of these wrinkles other than to paralyze—very carefully—the muscle groups involved. And so, for years now, cosmetic surgeons have used Botox to accomplish just that.
This means that more people than ever are enjoying youthful-looking faces. Botox is exceptionally popular for getting rid of wrinkles. But—and here’s what makes Botox kind of amazing—that’s not all it’s good for. Sure, it was the first thing that Botox was FDA-approved for, and it’s still the most popular application. More people get Botox to get rid of wrinkles than for any other reason. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other popular procedures involving Botox. We’ll take a look at some of the more novel and the more unique.
Botox for Migraines
You read that right. Migraines are the absolute worst kind of headaches around. Even the most stout individual can be sidelined by migraines. They make it difficult to open your eyes, difficult to walk, difficult to exist. They’re bad—really bad, is what I’m saying. And yet, no one’s really sure what causes them or why certain people are plagued by migraines and other experience them only rarely. What’s more is that no one is really sure how to treat migraines, other than with over the counter pills (Advil, Excedrin, etc) that often don’t seem to help much.
Recent research, however, seems to suggest that Botox injections can help mitigate the pain caused by migraines and lower the prevalence of them. In other words, patients who receive Botox injections get fewer migraines and the migraines they do get tend to be less painful.
Botox for Depression
Patients who received Botox seemed to be happier. That was the observation that led to some research over whether Botox injections could help patients suffering from clinical depression. The surprising result was that Botox did indeed seem to help those patients. In fact, patients who suffered from quite severe clinical depression (which is different from the run of the mill depression you feel when, say, your significant other breaks up with you—it’s a mental illness that deserves to be treated as an illness) reported feeling happier for longer periods of time after the Botox injections.
Of course, researchers aren’t entirely sure why this is. There are plenty of theories, but none of those theories have been proven out with research. And it should be noted that most of this research is quite preliminary. If it pans out, however, those who suffer from depression might have another treatment option soon.
Botox for… Bladder Disorders?
So, this was probably the last place you thought we would go. But according to some very recent research, which looked at over 500 different patients, found that Botox could be an effective treatment for both overactive bladder disorder and for neurogenic bladder dysfunction. There’s still some data to sift through with this research, and dosing seems to be particularly important (patients who received fewer doses reported effects that lasted longer), but this could be exciting news for anyone who suffers from either of these bladder disorders, especially as effective treatments for these disorders are rarely as easy as a quick Botox injection.
Botox into the Future
All of this proves a couple of things. First is that there’s more to Botox than diminishing wrinkles. A lot more than anyone originally thought, it seems. The second thing this proves is that cosmetic surgeons and medical professionals will keep looking at Botox as a way to treat various conditions, and it seems that many of those ideas are being met with success. In the future, Botox could be used to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Of course, all of that needs to be borne out by research. And that research will continue. It’s a very exciting time to be thinking about Botox and working around Botox. So if you want fewer wrinkles, or you have migraines, or Depression, or an over active bladder, it might be time to talk to your cosmetic surgeon about Botox (okay, maybe not for the bladder one yet…but possibly soon).