5 medical products with newfound cosmetic purposes

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Medicine is littered with lucky accidents. Take botulinum toxin type A, discovered in the 1800s. We all know Botox can smooth out those pesky forehead furrows. But did you realize it was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 to address eye spasms and eye muscle problems in patients 12 and older?

It is now approved for excess underarm sweating, neck pain and abnormal head position due to cervical dystonia, and, of course, for the forehead.

More recently, "it's now one of the greatest treatments for migraines," said Dr. Michael McGuire, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "Patients who were using Botox for frown lines were saying how they were not getting headaches anymore. A curious physician picks up and starts looking into it ... it was pure coincidence."