Botox has gained most of its popularity over the past several decades as a quick injection that diminishes and potentially erases facial wrinkles. In fact, almost 7 million patients per year receive Botox injections, making it the number one non-invasive cosmetic treatment in the U.S. It’s approved by the FDA for minimizing the appearance of lateral canthal lines (also known as crow’s feet) as well as wrinkles between the eyebrows. But did you know it’s also approved to treat a variety of non-cosmetic medical conditions?
Here’s a simple explanation of how Botox injections work: they block nerve signals from communicating with certain muscles, which prevents these muscles from contracting. When used for wrinkle relaxing purposes, specific facial muscles are targeted. Likewise, when used for the relief of non-aesthetic medical conditions, Botox is injected into a particular muscle for the same effect. Below are the most popular non-FDA and FDA-approved alternative uses for botulinum toxin injections:
Other uses for Botox that have shown promising results but have not yet gained FDA approval include the treatment of fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, and some esophageal disorders.
Whether you’re suffering chronic migraines or just want to smooth out your smile lines, Botox is a great non-invasive option. ZendyHealth can help you save 20-50% on the retail cost of wrinkle relaxers such as Botox.