Dr. Sheilah A. Lynch is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in Botox injections at her practice, Lynch Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase, MD.
Botox sure has come a long way since being approved to reduce unwanted muscle activity more than 20 years ago. And it continues to make huge strides in the medical community, expanding its reach to more than just a wrinkle reducer or ‘Great Vanquisher’ of crow’s feet.
Doctors all over the world are starting to use Botox Cosmetic as a way to help cure or reduce several other health conditions plaguing people in today’s image-driven society. From treatment for chronic headaches to reducing excessive sweating, the results of Botox are being seen like never before.
But before diving into which medical conditions are now being treated with Botox, let’s get a quick background on exactly what Botox is and how it works.
According to the Botox Cosmetic website, Botox, the most popular cosmetic procedure to date — and one of the most extensively studied aesthetic treatments in the world — is “the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.” Now you may be asking yourself, “that sounds pretty specific to facial features, why would it work for any other health conditions?”
In the most basic of terms, Botox works by blocking nerve connections, which decreases muscle activity. Botox essentially relaxes your muscles, thus reducing wrinkles or pain. Using a tiny micro-needle, very small amounts of Botox are injected into specific muscles or glands causing the issue. The serum then blocks nerve impulses from the nerve within the specific muscle causing the muscle contractions.
The most common use of Botox Cosmetic in adults, outside of treating facial lines and reducing wrinkles, is to treat chronic migraines. In fact, in 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox for treatment of migraines. Injected by a Botox specialist, the treatment is given to migraine patients every 12 weeks and prevents on average 8 or 9 migraine-probable days a month.
Another condition providing very successful results when using Botox is excessive sweating in the palms or underarms, also known as Hyperhidrosis. Injections are performed with a tiny needle, and are done quite quickly. You should start to see results in just a few days and they can last up to 3 – 4 months.
Recently however, the discussion surrounding the use of Botox has expanded well beyond migraines, sweating and frown lines. Bladder issues, adult acne, spasms and twitching are all now being considered for Botox treatment. Injecting Botox into glands or skin — as opposed to muscles — has seen a relative jump in positive results, causing many physicians to look into new research being performed all over the world.
Remember, all treatments of Botox need to approved and administered by your physician. For more information on Botox Cosmetic in the Washington, DC, area, consult board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sheilah A. Lynch of Lynch Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase, MD.