Botox – Not Just for Wrinkles Anymore!

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The most popular cosmetic product in the nation – wrinkle removing Botox — already had some 6,321,160 user-fans when the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) counted 2013’s procedures.
Many more people stand to become Botox fans because new uses for the substance have – and are — being found.

Botox was first used on crossed eyes and injected into a human in 1980; it was – and is — used to treat uncontrollable blinking. And thereby hangs a tale.
The amazing wrinkle smoothing power of Botox was found when a Canadian ophthalmologist treated patients for a blinking disorder, blepharospasm.

One patient reported that each Botox treatment caused her brow wrinkles to vanish.The ophthalmologist was married to a dermatologistwho suspected a Eureka! moment and investigated Botox on his own. He found that Botox – a weakened form of the poison botulism – in very tiny doses worked by reducing activity in overactive muscles.

For use in cosmetic plastic surgery, the substance is now known as Botox Cosmetic.
Thus, generic Botox is now used for:

  • Severe underarm sweating. A condition known as hyperhidrosis causes sufferers such heavy underarm sweating, they must shower and change clothes several times daily.
  • Migraine headaches. Both family physicians and  plastic surgeons inject Botox to halt pain and tension in those debilitating, chronic headaches. Still other physicians inject Botox into the neck and shoulders to treat upper limb spasticity caused by cervical dystonia.
  • Overactive bladder. In 2011, the FDA cleared Botox for use in people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury. The substance is injected into the bladder, relaxing the muscles and allowing more urine to be stored.
  • Mandibular joint neuralgia, also known as Costen’s syndrome, and sialorrhea, a condition in which too much salvia is produced are also treated with Botox.
New ailments being studied for treatment with Botox include:
  • Juvenile cerebral palsy
  • Male sexual disorders
  • Depression
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Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon