When you hear the word “Botox,” you probably think: anti-wrinkle treatment. But Botox does a lot more than erase frown lines and crow’s feet. In fact, since the toxin relaxes all types of muscles, doctors are finding new uses for it all the time.
- Botox is better than steroids for treating plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation on the sole of the foot. Injections can thin the calf muscles, reducing the pulling force on the foot, and eliminating pain.
- The FDA also approved Botox to treat overactive bladder, relaxing bladder muscles, and reducing incontinence and frequent trips to the bathroom.
- Botox might also reverse hair loss. A woman recovering from an infection ended up with extremely painful bald patches on her head. Botox injections eliminated the pain. And to everyone’s surprise, her hair grew back, too! Though when the Botox wore off after 6 months, the bald spots came back, too.
- Also, Botox may be an effective weight loss tool. Doctors treating patients for muscle spasms in the digestive tract found that stomach injections made food move through more slowly. So, patients felt fuller longer, and found it easy to eat less. And scientists estimate that when Botox is approved for weight loss, it could help you lose about five pounds a month.
- Botox can eliminate sweating – and not just in your armpits – because it deactivates the nerves that control sweat glands. One woman we read about needed to be electronically fingerprinted for a job, but her fingers were always so sweaty, the machine couldn’t read her prints. But injections in each of her fingers fixed the problem.