Six Surprising Uses For Common Injectables

If you think of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM ® as mere wrinkle-smoothers, think again. Aside from improving signs of aging, doctors now use these dermal fillers to treat a multitude of issues, from migraines and back pain to excessive sweating.

Based on a thorough evaluation of a patient’s needs, medical professionals often prescribe these products off-label, meaning for a purpose other than the one originally inended. Off-label use with dermal fillers is fairly common and generally considered safe. Here are six surprising cosmetic and medical uses of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®.

  1. Curbs excessive underarm sweating — Hyperhidrosis, the clinical term for excessive sweating, can often cause distress and embarrassment. If prescription antiperspirants or oral medications fail to deliver results, BOTOX® could provide dryness and reduce sweat stains. The effects of armpit injections typically last four to six months, and treatments are usually covered by insurance. Additionally, BOTOX® can be used for overly sweaty hands and feet.
  2. Minimizes acne — Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, effecting up to 50 million Americans every year, including adolescents and adults. Studies have shown that when BOTOX® is applied to an active acne area, it can reduce oil production and pore size. Moreover, using chemical peels before a BOTOX® treatment may yield better results.
  3. Rejuvenates hands — Did you know that hands are one of the biggest indicators of age? As you grow older, the skin loses volume, accentuating veins, tendons and bones. Filler injections can give the hands a smoother, more youthful appearance.
  4. Plumps the earlobes — With normal aging, ear lobes may become droopy, thin and wrinkly. Heavy accessories only add to the effects of gravity and volume loss. Injecting the ear lobes with a hyaluronic acid filler such as JUVÉDERM® could help prevent further stretching or widening of pierced earring holes. The gel consistency can restore shape and make it easier for individuals to wear heavy earrings again.
  5. Reduces migraine pain — For those who do not respond well to traditional migraine pain remedies, BOTOX® may be a successful alternative. The filler is FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic migraines. During an appointment, BOTOX® is injected into specific points along the head and neck. The substance enters the nerve endings around the injection site and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. Each session takes about 20 minutes and typically involves 31 injections.

For more ways these common injectables can be used, take a look at the accompanying infographic.

Author bio: Stephanie Schlageter is the owner and director of Radiance Medspa, a full-service medical day spa. She has 13 years of experience in the industry and focuses on biomedical engineering.