7 Strange Uses for Botox ... Besides Freezing Your Face

Amy Kuras

botoxLate last week, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for migraines (and I'm imagining an avalanche of women claimed to have recurrent migraines right in the middle of their foreheads). Interestingly, this was a mere month and change after Allergan, the maker of Botox, paid a $600 million settlement to the Justice Department for marketing the drug for unapproved uses ... like headaches.

As it turns out, there are a surprising number of uses for the favorite nerve poison of actresses and Real Housewives alike. Only four others (besides headache and vertical eyebrow wrinkles) have been approved; Botox can be used to treat excessive underarm sweating, crossed eyes, neck muscle spasm, and excessive blinking.

But that's not all. If you're puzzled by the look achieved by some of the more notable celebrity face-shooters out there, check out some of the other unexpected, unapproved conditions some doctors are using Botox for:

  • Voice treatments
  • Chewing problems
  • Swallowing problems
  • Anal fissures (ew)
  • Hair loss
  • Phantom limb pain
  • And even, ahem, "buttock deformity"

Despite some doctors handing this stuff out like it's candy, it's not 100 percent safe. It can spread from the injection site and cause breathing or swallowing problems; several kids with cerebral palsy died after being injected with large doses of Botox for muscle spasms.

If someone is coming after you with a needle full of botulism, you need to be really sure about why you're getting it and what the risks are. I can imagine debilitating migraines 15 days a month would make a person pretty willing to try anything. Butt weirdness? Not so much.


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