Botox Used to Treat Medical Conditions

Updated: 06/03/2014 11:35 AM
Created: 06/03/2014 11:05 AM
By: McKenzie Gernes

KSTP's Megan Newquist sat down with Dr. Garrett Griffin from Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery to talk about Botox, and its original purpose. There are a lot of misconceptions around Botox, and its cosmetic use. Most widely recognized as a solution for fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Griffin talks about how Botox was actually used first in the early 1980s by eye doctors to treat "crossed eyes."

Botox is now being used as a cure for numerous medical problems such as Lazy Eye, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, migraines, Bell's Palsy syndrome, and also difficulty swallowing. As a minimally invasive procedure, you are able to return to work the same day of the injection.

The mechanisms of Botox are poorly understood, according to Dr. Griffin. Some people think injecting the forehead causes it to raise, which is the opposite of what it actually does. It is a predictable and highly success option when the injections are placed in the correct place to treat medical conditions.

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