What You Don’t Know About Botox

botoxBotox is the ruler of the aesthetic world. Ever since it first hit the market in 2002, the year the FDA cleared it for the treatment of facial wrinkles, Botox has been the most popular cosmetic treatment, surgical or non-surgical, every year.

But while you may be familiar with the wrinkle side of Botox, this neuromodulator has much more to it than that. Here are some additional facts about Botox.

The origins of Botox

Everyone knows that Botox is derived from the botulinum bacteria, which causes botulism in humans. The full name is clostridium botulinum. It can be found in its inactive form all through the natural environment, including in cultivated soil and in forest soil, and in the sediment of lakes, streams, coastal and untreated waters.

Medicinal uses

Long before it was beating up on wrinkles, Botox had a role in treating certain medical conditions. Actually, it has been used medicinally for decades. After it was found that the botulinum toxin type A, when injected in very small amounts, could make muscles temporarily stop contracting it was tried in various capacities. It is now used for the following therapeutic applications:

  • Blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid spasms)
  • Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
  • Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Chronic migraine headaches
  • Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Hemifacial spasm

It is also used “off-label” for:

  • Achalasia (esophageal problems creating difficulty swallowing)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sialorrhea (hypersalivation)
  • Oromandibular dystonia (forceful contraction of the jaw, face, and/or tongue)
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Hepatopancreatic dysfunction
  • Laryngeal dystonia (forceful contraction of the vocal cords)


More than six million Botox treatments are given each year, far and away the most of any cosmetic procedure of any type. Although Botox is by far the most popular brand, the botulinum toxin is also sold commercially under these other brand names: Vistabel, Dysport, Bocouture, Xeomin, and Myobloc. At Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, we use Botox.

Is it time for you to do something about your crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles? Call Dr. Yates at (563)275-4701 to schedule your Botox appointment.


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