5 Bizarre Botox Procedures
As John Mayer admits to injecting Botox into his throat to avoid vocal chord surgery, here are other surprising uses.
Botox isn't just used for beautification.
Singer John Mayer, who's been plagued with a serious throat condition since 2011, admitted to injecting the substance into his throat as a way to avoid further vocal surgery. The 35-year-old underwent two operations -- once in October 2011 and another in August 2012 -- prior to receiving the treatment.
"I probably had contiguously three, maybe four months of not saying a word," Mayer said of the experience in the latest issue of Billboard magazine. "The endurance was tough for me, but I started a new life. It's hard to believe that I'm healed, but just to make sure, I keep going back every two weeks for a look, and it's the same -- if not better."
"John and I went to see him together," McDonald recalled of the initial meeting. "Dr. [Gerald] Berke said, 'I think I can do this without surgery. In Boston, you were given one unit of Botox. I'm going to give you 17 units to really shut down your vocal cords and let them heal. I'm going to do it now -- I'll go right through into his neck.'
"I asked him to leave the room and give us a minute. John and I looked at each other, and we both agreed we had nothing to lose," he added.
But Botox cures more than just Mayer's ailment. Here are 5 more surprising uses:
The Food and Drug Association has approved Botox to combat axillary hyperhidrosis -- or severe underarm sweating. A fine needle is injected just under the skin where the sweat glands rest and comes with a hefty price tag. The treatment can cost around $1,000.
2. Treatment for Migraines
Doctors are still uncertain as to exactly how Botox injections ease migraines, but patients who've received treatments -- injections into around the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders -- say it really does work to ease the pain.
3. Preventing a "Gummy" Smile
Those who don't want to show too much gum line when showing off those pearly whites can use Botox injections to weaken the upper lip's retractor muscles so that it won't raise as high, giving the patient a more balanced smile.
Yes, breasts can get perkier without actually going under the knife. Botox is injected into the pectoralis minor muscle, which is responsible for making you stoop forward with shoulders down and hunched forward, and pulls the shoulders up to create a "lifted" look. Unlike an actual boob job, the procedure is temporary and only lasts four months.
5. Hair Rejuvenation
Los Angeles-based surgeon Dr. Simon Ourian discovered that injecting Botox into the scalp actually helps stimulate hair growth after performing the procedure on his cancer-ridden mother, who had lost all her hair from chemotherapy.
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