5 Surprising Uses for Botox
Much more than simply a wrinkle freezer, these days, the injectable is being used for a bunch of shocking things. (Breast lift, anyone?)
Migraine headaches (FDA approved)Last October in the U.S., Allergan received the go-ahead from the Food and Drug Administration to treat patients suffering chronic migraines with Botox. (Britain had it approved a few months earlier.)
Traditionally, migraine headaches have been difficult, if not impossible, to treat in some patients. They're typically accompanied by a variety of unwelcome symptoms including dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and vomiting. And, while doctors remain uncertain as to exactly how Botox injections (typically injected into seven areas around the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders) really work to ease the symptoms, the prevailing theory is that it prevents pain signals from reaching nerve endings.
Details: 31 injections into seven areas every three months at a cost of $1,000-$2,000 makes this quite expensive -- although, now that it's been FDA approved, insurance carriers are likely to cover it.
Scoop: In an interview with the "New York Times" last fall, Radall Stanicky, a global research VP at the investment firm Goldman Sachs said, "The cost is prohibitive for some, but, given the debilitating challenges of having migraines more than 15 days a month, if Botox can cut down on that, it’s clearly going to be a big opportunity.”
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