Cosmetic and Medical Uses for Botox Continue to Rise

Though many industries are suffering in the current economic climate, the cosmetic industry appears to be whistling a different tune.

Allergan Inc., the makers of Botox, saw second-quarter profit increases of nearly 20 percent (up $295.4 million or 96 cents per share) mostly thanks to their top selling product – Botox injections. Botox sales alone, which are split almost evenly between cosmetic and medical uses rose 10%.

“I think we can say the consumer is alive and well,” said David E.I. Pyott, Allergan’s chief executive.

Worldwide sales growth for Allergan’s breast implants are also up by about 14 percent this year according to Pyott. It appears that Allergan implants sales profited from the PIP faulty implant scare across Europe this past December because many women sought implant replacements with Allergan.

“The market doesn’t seem to have taken a hit, despite what one would think would be negative perceptions,” Pyott said.

Top Non-Cosmetic Uses for Botox

If you were to tell someone you were getting Botox injections, most people would just assume you were going in for an anti-wrinkle treatment. Though Botox is most frequently used to diminish the appearance of frown lines, and forehead wrinkles, it also has several other potential uses.

The many uses of Botox have been studied and documented for nearly 20 years now and Botox is becoming an increasingly popular tool for treating a variety of non-cosmetic medical conditions. Botox has been shown to be an effective treatment for:

  • Hyperhidrosis(excessive sweating)
  • Blepharospasm (eyelid twitching)
  • Strabismus (Lazy eye)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Incontinence (overactive bladder)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ)

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Source: The Wall Street Journal