BOTOX: 7 Things
1. Stomach cancer
Recent discoveries have shown certain types of stomach cancer require nerve signal to grow. Surgically cutting the nerves stopped stomach cancer growth in mouse study models. Research, done in Norway, has shown that injecting BOTOX in the nerves at the stomach also stopped the cancer growth.
Researchers in Germany have shown that BOTOX has a benefit to the treatment of depression. In a small clinical trial of 30 patients, the treatment of the facial muscles involved in frowning with BOTOX resulted in a 41% reduction of depressive symptoms.
BOTOX has been shown to reduce both the severity and frequency of chronic migraine headaches. The article describes a series of thirty-one injections for treating migraines. The article also states, “The FDA says Botox does not appear to be useful in treating or preventing less frequent migraines that occur 14 days or less per month or other forms of headache.” In our experience, the treatment of migraines can be done often with fewer than thirty-one injections. Also BOTOX can successfully treat other headaches, such as frontal or tension-type headaches.
4. Palmar hyperhydrosis, Axillary hyperhydrosis
Palmar hyperhydrosis is excessive or unpredictable sweating in the palms. Axillary hyperhydrosis is the same for the under arms. Both of these conditions are controlled by the same type of nerves that control facial muscle movement. BOTOX, when injected directly into the problem area, can block the nerves from signaling the need for excessive sweating.
5. Naturally derived protein
BOTOX, or onabotulinum toxin A, is a derivative of the protein “botulinum toxin A.” The natural protein is made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria C. botulinum exists in soil worldwide. In anaerobic conditions, those without or at least only very little oxygen, like poorly canned beans, the bacteria is capable of forming spores and producing toxins.
This group of bacteria also includes C. perfirngens, responsible for gas gangrene, C. difficile, responsible for psuedomembranous colitis or antibiotic associated diarrhea, and C. tetani, responsible for tetanus; what a lovely family.
6. Nerves not muscles
While BOTOX affects muscles, it does so by acting in the nerves. Muscles require stimulation from nerves to contract. To stimulate the muscles, the nerves release acetylcholine into the junction between the nerves and the muscle. BOTOX gets into the nerves and blocks the release of acetylcholine. No acetylcholine, no muscle contraction.
7. Gummy smile
Occasionally some people when they smile show more of the gums above their upper teeth than they want. This type of smile is known as a gummy smile. A gummy smile can be reduced or prevented by injecting BOTOX into the levator labii superior alaeque nasi muscles. The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi (literal translation from Latin is “lifter of both the upper lip and wing of the nose”) muscles run along the nose and lift the upper lip.
Thanks for your time and attention,
Robert Zieber, MD
De Luz Medical Aesthetics