NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ –When most people think of Botox®, they think of it as a treatment that smoothes forehead wrinkles with the goal of improving appearance, perhaps with the goal of go back in time. Injections of Botox® and other similar products have become the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure, but these neurotoxins also have a wide range of other uses, both cosmetic and therapeutic.
“Since Botox® was approved nearly thirty years ago, the medical community has discovered that the mechanism that makes it so effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles is equally effective in treating conditions as varied as chronic migraines, excessive sweating and eye spasms,” says Dr Cybele Fishman of Advanced Dermatology, PC in the financial district manhattan Office. “What these disparate conditions have in common is that they are caused by the action of muscle cells, which are found throughout the body. Botox® works on muscle cells and, as we have learned over time, there are almost endless applications for its beneficial effects.”
The active ingredient in Botox®, “botulinum toxin A”, is a naturally occurring toxin that works by blocking the interaction between nerve and muscle cells, temporarily paralyzing muscle cells and preventing them from contracting. In its most popular use, for facial wrinkles, a Botox® injection temporarily weakens the muscle cells that control facial expression, causing muscles to relax, less contractions and noticeably smoother skin. In large doses, this toxin is responsible for botulism, which can lead to paralysis and even death, but in small doses injected by a licensed medical professional, Botox® and similar products safely reduce the muscle contractions that produce adverse effects.
“As Botox® and similar products continue to grow in popularity as the gold standard treatment for fine lines and wrinkles on the face, we continue to develop innovative new uses that address cosmetic and medical concerns in surprising ways,” says Dr. Fishman. Here are some of them:
- Chronic migraines: In 1992, a plastic surgeon from California noticed that his patients who received Botox® injections for forehead wrinkles reported fewer headaches. The drug was then tested on people with chronic migraines and was approved for this purpose in 2010. People with migraines a fortnight or more each month receive multiple injections in targeted areas of the head and neck; the preventive effect lasts about three months.
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be caused by genetics, stress, or exercise. Wherever it occurs on the body – armpits, scalp, forehead, palms, soles – it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Injecting a neurotoxin like Botox® into these areas blocks the transmission of signals to the sweat glands and stops the release of excess sweat.
- Eyelid twitching (blepherospasm) may be incessant and may affect the upper, lower or middle part of the eyelid. Botox® injections relax the muscles around the eye and reduce spasms.
- Crossed eyes (strabismus): The use of Botox® to relax the muscles around the eyes and correct their alignment was one of the first approved therapeutic uses of the drug. Its effects last three to four months and are often as effective as surgery.
- Neck spasms: A condition called cervical dystonia, characterized by abnormal head position and severe neck pain, is caused by the involuntary contraction of neck muscles. Botox® works by blocking nerve signals from reaching affected muscles, thus preventing involuntary spasms.
“There are many other proven uses for Botox®,” says Dr. Fishman. “Its use for cosmetic purposes also extends far beyond the treatment of forehead wrinkles to include crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles around the corners of the mouth, neck bands, drooping eyebrows, and more.Whatever its application, Botox® should be administered by a licensed and experienced physician who will advise you on what will work for you and exercise the utmost care to ensure that you are achieving your goals.Dr. Fishman also advises to be careful of medical spas where Botox is offered at very low prices.Often it is because they use fake Botox or it comes from sources whose quality is not guaranteed.
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc., an AbbVie company.
Cybele Fishman, MD, is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She practices at Advanced Dermatology PC at 111 Broadway, Suite 1000 NY NY 10006.
Advanced Dermatology PC and the Laser and Aesthetic Surgery Center (New York & New Jersey) is one of the nation’s leading dermatology centers, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and advanced medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.
Melissa Chefec, Advanced Dermatology PC, 203-968-6625, [email protected]
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