The beauty of Botox goes far beyond frown lines

According to a Forbes article, Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, is claiming that the toxin can relieve migraines.  Ah, Botox…Taking over the world one syringe at a time.  There’s nothing like a little well-placed Botulinum Toxin Type A to really combat those frown lines.  After all, injecting oneself with a potentially lethal toxin is simply the price one pays for beauty.

For those who prefer a more literal reference to price, Botox runs about $400 a pop, every four to six months.  But while most people know about the wrinkle-relaxing benefits of Botox, few are informed about its many other uses.  Other uses of Botox include the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excess sweating), TMJ, facial tics and enlarged prostate.  But that’s not all.  It can also be used for anal fissure, excess salivation and spastic disorders such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s.  I don’t think that’s a bad resume at all for a substance that was discovered after a bout of sausage poisoning.

~ by Stephanie Dunn on September 11, 2008.

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