What you might not know about Botox

Botox is becoming an increasingly common replacement for the traditional face lift. Using strategic placements, injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A are administered to various regions of the face and neck, reducing the appearance of brow wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and more. Botox also has a rich history in the world of medical science, having been used as a treatment for many ailments over the years. It’s a convenient and affordable alternative to face lifts, although not permanent. Here are a few things you should know about Botox.

Depression:

According to Medical News Today.com, “Some studies have indicated that Botox used for aesthetic purposes can help people with mental illness. A study published in Dermatologic Surgery found that treating clinically depressed patients with Botox on the frown lines of their faces actually got rid of their depression.” A trial was conducted on major depression and Dr. Eric Finzi and Dr. Ericka Wasserman found that when they used botox to treat frown lines on the face, the botox actually removed the depression as well.

According to Wasserman and Finzi, “Major depression is sometime resistant to drug therapy and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches.”  10 people were tested for depression and after two months 9 of the people in the trial no longer had any depression.

Medical Problems and Eye Twitching:

Surprisingly Botox is aiding patients with diseases not just cosmetic repairs.  At Mohammad Ali Parkinson Center, Botox was used to provide relief for its patients with Parkinson. “Botox is the most powerful nerve toxin known to man and it’s dramatically improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s,” says Guillermo Moguel-Cobos, MD, Movement Disorder Neurologist at the Center. “For this type of treatment, it’s a miracle drug.”

Botox is also used as a medical treatment for eye twitches and more. It was a Canadian ophthalmologist, Dr. Jean Carruthers, who first noticed the cosmetic effects of Botox. A patient of her had undergone Botox injection treatment for an eye twitch. When Carruthers saw her patient after treatment commenced, she noticed a significant reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Soon after, she began to study the use of Botulinum Toxin Type A as a cosmetic treatment option. It is still used today as a method of treatment for a wide variety of muscular control ailments including bell’s palsy.

Botox was shown to aide patients with Bell’s Palsy according to the Melbourne Brain Research Institute (BRI).  Bell’s Palsy is a type of paralysis which affects the facial nerves.  In the past shock therapy was used with little results.  Again Botox is being used for other than removing wrinkles.

Botox’s Hidden Dangers

An overdose of Botox can be very dangerous. As with any drug, overdoses are extremely dangerous at any level. It may take several weeks for the effects to wear off also.  It is possible to be overdosed on Botox, and those who find themselves addicted to the treatment may come up with very creative ways of endangering themselves. The results of such an overdose vary from person to person, and could include (but are not limited to) rash, swelling, anaphylaxis, muscular paralysis in the injection site, nerve damage and more. With quick response after a suspected overdose, an antitoxin can be used.  Doctor’s supervision is a must during this time also.

Like all drugs, Botox can be mismanaged and sometimes the patient can become addicted to the injections.  As it is relatively inexpensive and easily injected, the possibility still exists.  It is always best to be under a doctor’s supervision to avoid any overdose or becoming addictive to this medical wonder.  Botox is approved by the FDA which does not mean it is necessarily alternative to a facelift or other cosmetic surgery.

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2 comments for “What you might not know about Botox

  1. August 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

    we really need to think twice before you do botox operation in your body

  2. Paula Evans
    January 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I was given Botox shots for spinal stenosis in November 2010 and agsin in February 2011. A few days after the last set of shots, my eyes started to water and was very sensitive to light. I was squinting all the time and could not wear constact lens after wearing them for 45 years. I went to numerous medical doctors, eye doctors, neuro-ophthmologist who said I had Blepharospasm but lso something else was going on so he referred me to a neurologist at Jefferson Hospital in January 2012 who said I had Meige Syndrome anbd Dysphagia. He said Botox shots are used for the treatment but I must be alergic to something in the Botox, probably a protein. So He is investigating other medicine that can be used that don’t have the same ingredience as Botox. So my advise to everyone is to stay away from Botox. i caqnnot drive, cannot watch TV, cannot read because it causes my eyes to blink uncontrolably, water and my face goes into contractions. This is what I have to live with because there is no cure, just, hopefully treatment.
    Paula Evans

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