The Many Faces of Botox, pt. 3
Last time we talked about the use of Botox® to cure common ailments like migraines and the over-production of sweat.
The final part of our Botox® series discusses Botox® to treat muscle issues.
Cerebral Palsy – Muscle Spasticity
This is an unlabeled use of Botox®, meaning that more research needs to be put into its short and long-term effects on children and adults affected with cerebral palsy. What injecting Botox® does for those with the disorder is relax the muscles, helping to ease and decrease muscle spasticity – this aids in furthering the patient with things like physical therapy, walking when the muscles grow too stiff, and determining whether or not nerve surgery is appropriate. Botox® has proven most effective in the legs: walking foot patterns and ankle positions are radically improved after Botox® is used. While it’s not a cure, it can help to ease the stress of the patients struggling to take their next step.
Botox® has undergone a lot of research recently under the umbrella of “muscle spasticity”; in a similar aspect, muscle stiffness is also an adverse condition Botox® has proven successful in treating. Stroke victims given repeated injections of Botox® reportedly gain improved muscle tone in their arms and hands, leading them to be able to dress themselves and perform everyday tasks. This is important as close to 30% of stroke victims feel stiff, tightened muscle spasticity after their attack and if left uncorrected, could result in permanent damage and shortened tendons that cannot be repaired. If further research is conducted into Botox’s® role in aiding in stroke recovery, we may see a marked decline in patients suffering from permanent, disabling damage due to a stroke.
The Many Faces of Botox, Part 2
Last time we talked about the applications of Botox®. We discussed its relative merits in reducing platysma bands, eye twitches, and creating symmetry in patients suffering from partial face paralysis. This week we’ll discuss two more uses for Botox®; these uses are pretty fascinating cures for common ailments!
Its technical term is hyperhydrosis – the excessive production of sweat in an individual. Some people will let the issue run its course, retiring themselves to being someone who “just sweats a lot”. Did you know there is a simple way to stop this? A little bit of Botox® to the armpits or an overly sweaty palm is enough to paralyze the sweat glands therein, resulting in a marked decrease in sweat production.
Migraines are the result of pressure inside your head; at least, that’s what it feels like. The use of Botox® to temporarily treat sufferers of migraine headaches is nothing new. While it’s not a cure for migraines, it’s a great way to temporarily relieve the pain, assuming you’re in close proximity to doctors skilled in the use of Botox®.
1. Change of lifestyle seems intimidating—especially when it comes to losing weight. Try changing one thing at a time, something small; add more as you grow accustomed to each change.
2. Don’t think of exercise as something you can only do in the gym or dismissing anything less than running a marathon. Do simple activities all day. Be creative.
3. As with all things in life, commitment and self-discipline are imperative to reach your goal. Your workout is only as effective as you let it be.
4. It’s not that you can’t “diet and exercise” it’s the wanting to “diet and exercise” every day. Be it rain or shine, feeling good or bad, there can be no excuses if you are seriously looking for a change.
5. Don’t let someone else do your thinking. You know you the best and know what you can realistically do. Read. Think. Make a simple plan and start. Now. This second. Stop reading. Now.
The Many Faces of Botox, pt. 1
Anyone who has done a little research on cosmetic procedures and facial fillers are familiar with the wrinkle-removing power contained in Botox®. Below I discuss both cosmetic as well as other benefits Botox® has to offer.
Platysma (Neck) Bands
Many patients will opt for a neck lift when they notice a sagging jaw line, often lovingly referred to as a “turkey wattle”. For those with less intense cases of these vertical bands of loose muscles, did you know Botox® can be used to tighten these and keep you looking younger without any surgery? This method of using Botox® will be examined on a case-by-case basis, as it is far more effective for minor sags than some of the more major cases that will require a neck lift proper.
Some people experience the involuntary process of an eye twitch, which happens for no apparent reason. People believed there was no real way of dealing with this nuisance besides letting the twitch run its course and remaining confident it will subside after a while. There is actually a fix to keep eye twitches from occurring; a tiny injection of Botox® around the outside of your eyelids is all you need. The desire to get this done really boils down to how often and how annoying you perceive your eye twitches to be.
It is an inconvenient truth that facial paralysis can affect anyone, sometimes with little to no warning at all. This can be the result of medication taken to treat a disease, severe physical trauma, or a poorly executed surgery. The body is not sensitive to keeping its look symmetrical (body symmetry is one of the key components of attraction in human behavior, you know), so these bouts of facial paralysis often cause one side of the face to react as normal, while the other does not move. A touch of Botox® to the reactive side of the face can bring about a natural, symmetrical look, since Botox® paralyses the targeted muscle. It cannot return a paralyzed muscle to life, but it can keep its equal but opposite muscle in the same position, giving you back your symmetry.
Tune in next week for more fun facts about Botox® in my Botox® Blog Series P. 2