Botox has been around since the 1980s and has gained popularity as a facial injectable to help eliminate wrinkles. But as medicine advances, professionals have discovered different uses for Botox. It first became FDA-approved in 1978 to treat strabismus, a condition that causes poor eye muscle control. However, in the 1990s, doctors started reporting that Botox can be used for cosmetic purposes. Since then, Botox has been discovered to help reduce the effects of certain chronic conditions such as migraines, overactive bladder, and more.
The use of Botox to treat migraines was FDA approved in 2010 after studies found that the neurotoxin was helping patients with chronic migraines. Migraines can be incapacitating, and almost a quarter of all U.S. households have a member suffering from migraines. Luckily, Botox helps cut down the frequency of migraines. Botox is injected around the pain fibers involved in headaches, blocking the release of the chemicals involved in pain transmission. One treatment can last 10-12 weeks, and it’s been found that patients notice a significant difference after two Botox treatments.
In 2004, the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat excessive underarm sweating, otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis. This condition causes people to sweat excessively even when it’s not hot. Therefore, usual antiperspirant products don’t work. Botox can be administered to help reduce sweating of the hands, feet, or face by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. By injecting Botox directly into the area of the body that is excessively sweating, you are paralyzing those overactive nerves causing you to sweat.
Up to 38 million people are affected by overactive bladder and urgency incontinence. Botox was FDA approved to help treat overactive bladder and urgency continence in 2013. It was discovered that Botox helps relax the bladder and increasing storage capacity, therefore resulting in fewer and less frequent bathroom trips. Results from the treatment can last about six months, and additional injections can be administered after.