It seems like everybody is talking about BOTOX®, the highly effective, non-surgical procedure that can dramatically reduce your toughest wrinkles!
It’s been reported in the news, in fashion, health and beauty magazines, and on TV. Or, perhaps you’ve heard about it from your friends, and you want to know more. You want the whole story before you decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA approved purified protein which in very low doses relaxes overactive facial muscles responsible for unwanted frown and other skin lines. Treatment is simple, non-surgical and helps to eliminate, correct and/ or soften the appearance of frown lines, facial wrinkles, “Crow’s feet”, between the brows “frown lines”, horizontal forehead lines, reduce muscle forces attributed to clenching/grinding, reduce “gummy” smile, and reduce smoker’s lines.
Usually you will see results as little as one to seven days and although not a permanent solution for wrinkles, BOTOX® can last up to six months.
Experienced injectors can target other areas of the face and neck as well. Injections with BOTOX® can decrease lines around upper and lower lips, raise the corners of the mouth, raise the lateral eyebrows and decrease neck bands. In addition, injections with BOTOX® can correct facial asymmetries due to single hyperactive muscles.
TREATMENTS BOTOX CAN CORRECT IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Brow-lift — Helps with loose eyelid skin and enhance eyes
Forehead — Helps to eliminate deep and noticeable lines
Glabella — Area between the eyes
Crows Feet — Area around eyes
Nasal Alar/Bunny Lines — Sides of nose
Jaw Reduction — Jawline correction procedure reduces the appearance of a wide jaw line by weakening the chewing muscles. It defines the jawline and a more pleasing facial shape.
Excessive Sweating — Injected into underarm area, hand palms and feet to help eliminate excessive sweating – (see Hyperhidrosis below)
Gummy Smile Correction — Injection to upper lip to decrease gum show
Dimple/Orange Peel Chin — Excessively enlarged pores
Hyperhidrosis Botox® — Botox for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, also known as “Hyperhidrosis”, is a common problem that affects both men and women. It is seen most often in the underarms, hands and feet and it can cause both social and occupational problems. Hyperhidrosis can now be effectively treated with BOTOX®. When injected into the affected area, BOTOX® can effectively inhibit overactive sweat glands up to 9 months.
Severe underarm sweating is a medical condition known as severe primary auxiliary hyperhidrosis, which involves overactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In severe primary auxiliary hyperhidrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling. Severe underarm sweating that is not adequately managed by topical agents has been shown to frequently interfere with one’s daily activities.
Many people who live with this problem do not realize that they have a chronic, distinct condition despite the fact that they may go through several changes of clothes daily. Most people are misdiagnosed with anxiety disorders or told they cannot be effectively treated or that the only treatment options are extremely invasive. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands by nerve endings, which descend from higher centers in the brain. These nerves respond to emotional stresses; like intimate social situations, public speaking, physical stresses, and increased body temperature that comes with exercise or hot humid weather.
BOTOX® Treatments are FDA-approved for severe underarm sweating that is inadequately managed with topical agents. BOTOX® helps control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
Botox® for Migraines
BOTOX® (Migraines) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraines.
Also referred to as Botulinum toxin, it is a neurotoxin produced by clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that thrive in poorly sterilized canned food and produces the severe food poisoning called botulism. This is the toxin that paralyzes nerves by blocking the release of a substance called acetylcholine — which blocks the muscles and prevents them from contracting thereby causing paralysis. The substance which is ingested in spoiled food and causes the illness is known as botulism.
However, in therapeutic uses, Botox® is injected directly into the muscle rather than absorbed into the bloodstream. The dose is a fraction of that which causes botulism.
BOTOX® is well known for its use in treatment of wrinkles. It has approval for use in treating facial tics and spasms, dystonia and other forms of spasticity in cerebral palsy for example. Its tolerability and safety record for these uses are excellent. The principle behind its use in this case, is to relax tense or spastic muscles by blocking Acetylcholine release which stimulates muscle contraction.
The discovery of BOTOX® for treatment of migraine was quite by accident. Several patients who were using BOTOX® for injection of wrinkles also happened to have migraine. They reported improvement in their headaches following injection of BOTOX® to their brow and forehead muscles.
Safety is always a concern. However, BOTOX®’ record since 1989 is excellent. There is no systemic absorption as there is with oral medication; therefore no systemic side-effects are seen. Drooping eyelids can occur with improper injection techniques, but these are transient. BOTOX® can be considered in patients when other migraine treatments fail or are contradicted. Cost depends on the number of units required. Safety and tolerability are excellent. Studies are ongoing to prove efficacy.
At present the use of Botox® is restricted to a few specialist headache centers, but as time goes on there should be increasing numbers of trained injectors available. In all cases, however, you should ensure that the person injecting has received appropriate training, both in the diagnosis and management of chronic migraine, and in the delivery of BOTOX®.
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