Botox: Beyond the Beauty

Tara Kaul @ tara.specialtydripps@gmail.com

December 15, 2018

Botox first came on the scene in 1977 and approved by the FDA in 1989. In the 21 years since it made its debut, it has come to be widely used across the cosmetic world. In fact, by 2006, Botox sales reached $1 billion dollars with half of those sales coming from cosmetic procedures (Mapes, 2007). We all know Botulinum Toxin can smooth the deepest of wrinkles and turn those frown lines upside down; but today, Botox is being used in the medical field to treat anything from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) to thyroid disease. In fact, Botox was first used to treat strabismus, a condition where the eyes don’t look in the exact same direction at the same time aka “crossed eyes”. So beyond the search for the fountain of youth, Botox can change peoples’ lives in a multitude of ways.

My first migraine headache occurred when I was sitting in class in middle school. I remember the debilitating, throbbing pain sitting behind my eyes and the blurred vision that prevented me from even being able to walk to the school nurse without assistance. Although my migraines have dissipated in frequency and severity, many people suffer from these excruciating chronic headaches. Thankfully, Botox was approved for the treatment of chronic migraines in 2010. Botox can now be administered in the temple area and base of the head to relax the muscles that cause the migraine symptoms. Beyond migraine headaches, Botox has been approved to treat Bell’s Palsy (a facial nerve paralysis), hypersalivation, spasmodic dysphonia (a neurological disorder that causes shaky, strained, or hoarse speech), overactive bladder, and eyelid spasms. And these are just the conditions that have been approved by the FDA. Much more research and off-label use is being done in areas of rheumatoid arthritis, major depression, and atrial fibrillation, to name a few. The use of Botox and its positive effects seem to be endless and it is likely we are just discovering the tip of the ice berg when it comes to what Botox can really do.

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Botox: Beyond the Beauty