Thursday, June 18, 2015

New wrinkles in Botox

In 2002, the FDA approved the use of injected botulinum toxin Type A for temporary paralysis of wrinkles between the eyebrows.

In 2013--the FDA okayed it for crow's feet.

Now it is used elsewhere everyday as therapy not as cosmetic enhancement.

It paralyzes muscles and is useful where there are spasmodic muscle contractions.

Alicia Cool, MD, of Advanced Dermatology PC, notes some uses:

For migraines. The FDA has approved it for people with more than 14 headaches a month. The injections are given in the temples, forehead, neck, and shoulders. This may reduce the number of these horrible headaches.

For excessive sweating. It blocks the release of the chemical that causes undearm sweating.

For overactive bladder. Injected into the bladder, it can stop frequent urination, nighttime waking, and incontinence.

For cervical dystonia, or clenching of the neck and shoulders.

And for upper limb spasms in people with stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, or progressive multiple sclerosis.

Sometimes it's used "off label" for smiles where too much upper gum is visible.

Remember--the effects are temporary. And always get this from a qualified professional. It's no fountain of youth--and can go wrong.

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