BOTOX: Beyond Forehead Wrinkles and Crow's Feet
Injectable Proven Safe and Effective for Non-traditional Facial Rejuvenation Procedures; Alleviating Migraines and Excessive Perspiration
Summary: Botox (registered trademark), a purified, botulinum A toxin used to block nerve impulses and temporarily paralyze muscles that cause wrinkles, is safe and effective for non-traditional uses in facial rejuvenation according to a study. Botox can also be used in conjunction with surgeries such as forehead lifts, facelifts, and
eyelid surgery; to combat migraine headaches; and to
eliminate hyperhydrosis (excessive perspiration).
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||Traditionally, plastic surgeons have used Botox on patients who desired to non-surgically diminish dynamic wrinkles on their neck or top third of their face. Dynamic wrinkles, caused by years of facial movement, include frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows), forehead creases, and crow's feet.
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The study reports that Botox can be used for the central face and mouth to rid patients of wrinkles underneath the lower eyelid, along the nasal fold,
underneath the lower
lip, and vertical creases above the upper lip where lipstick may run.
"The new facial uses for Botox tackle problem areas that aging patients have complained about, but for which we never had a non-surgical remedy," said Alan Matarasso, MD, co-author of the study and associate professor of plastic surgery at
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. "With Botox, patients
get rid of wrinkles in a 5 to 10 minute procedure. Since there is little or no discomfort, patients can literally return to their normal routines immediately following the procedure." (Related
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In fact it is common to have a
Botox injection at the so-called
Botox parties where wine
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the preferred munchies, evening wear is the preferred outfit, and the focus is on having a good time rather than being stressed out about a cosmetic procedure. A plastic surgeon will bring everything that you need right at the venue of the party.
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Another new use for Botox is the chemical
browlift, which involves injecting Botox into areas between and at the outer corners of the eyebrows.
"As people age, eyebrows tend to lose their arch, becoming more horizontal," said Dr. Matarasso. "A chemical brow lift can recreate a more arched, youthful brow, producing similar results to a traditional brow lift but without the surgery."
Botox is also effective when used after a surgical procedure such as a
surgery. It can be used in combination with a forehead lift to eradicate residual lines or wrinkles, located between the eyebrows that may still be present after the procedure. Finally with eyelid surgery, which primarily adjusts the lower fat pads under the eye, Botox can eliminate crow's feet that may still be present after the procedure.
complications from injectables)
According to the New York Headache Center, approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. One reason migraines may occur is from overworked (tense) muscles in the forehead. Injecting Botox into the same areas on the forehead as patients seeking cosmetic benefits, has shown to relieve tension headaches by relaxing overworked muscles.
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Botox can also be used to treat hyperhydrosis, a serious and sometimes embarrassing excessive sweating disorder of the underarms, hands, and feet. The muscles surrounding each sweat gland work "over time" in patients with hyperhydrosis. When Botox is injected, the muscle relaxes and prevents the gland from secreting sweat.
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