Botox is not just about Cosmetic Anti-aging Treatment – Dr. Motykie Featured on the Marie Show

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Dr. Gary Motykie, a board certified Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, addressed this topic on the Marie Show!

For many people, Botox is synonymous with the best non-surgical anti-aging treatment in the world. Both men and women, including many celebrities, have enjoyed the cosmetic benefits of Botox for several years. However, not much is known commonly about the medical benefits of Botox. Botox has received approvals from FDA to treat several medical conditions, and in fact, Botox was originally created to address medical conditions, while cosmetic benefits followed later.

Botox Insights

Scientists discovered botulinum toxin, the chemical that is used to produce Botox, more than a century ago. For several decades, researchers continued to test the usability and effectiveness of Botox to treat various medical conditions. When Botox was used in 1980 to treat eye conditions such as crossed eye and involuntary blinking, doctors observed that the treatment also resulted in fading away of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. That is when the cosmetic benefits of Botox were identified, and the FDA approval for such benefits finally came in 2002.

Botox has recently received another FDA approval to treat crow’s feet beneath the eyes. Botox works on the principle of blocking neuromuscular communication in the targeted overactive muscle, and allowing it to relax. The chemical used in Botox is one of the most powerful and lethal substances. It is used on humans in extremely diluted form to achieve safe results. Doctors recommend that Botox should be used only by an experienced Botox provider or a qualified cosmetic surgeon. Each year more than 4.7 million procedures involving Botox are performed in the United States.

Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious disease involving muscular dysfunction. Muscles usually tend to malfunction either by way of paralysis, which means they stop responding, or by way of cramping or spasticity, which means they become hyperactive. In MS, a disruption of communication between the muscle and nerve occurs, which leads to spasticity.

Muscles in the affected area of the body begin to cramp up because the communication between muscles and nerves has been severed. Botox based treatment for MS involves identifying the troubled muscles using tiny electrodes and then directly injecting Botox medication into those muscles.

Treatment for Loss of Bladder Control

The urinary bladder is a single, large muscle which squeezes and releases just like a water-filled balloon to allow the passage of urine at will. Bladder control occurs due to coordination between the brain and the bladder muscle. It allows for holding of urine in the bladder until the bladder is reasonably full. If a person’s bladder muscle becomes spastic, the bladder control will become weak and urine may leak involuntarily.

Treatment for loss of bladder control is available in surgery as well as oral medicine. However, side effects with oral drugs and a highly invasive bladder surgery may not be fantastic and salient options for many patients. Botox can help in such cases by providing a simpler and safer treatment. Botox allows the bladder muscle to calm down, allowing for more normalized urinary function.

Treatment for Other Conditions

The FDA has approved Botox for the treatment for various medical conditions such as jaw pain, chronic migraine and excessive perspiration. The advantage with Botox over other treatments is that just one-time treatment can have an effect lasting for about four to six months, and a single treatment session will usually last for just a few minutes. The cost of a typical Botox treatment will range between $200 and $250 for a single treatment area.

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botox injectionDr. Gary Motykie, a leading plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, provides innovative surgical and non-invasive treatments. Dr. Motykie is the recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. Patients located in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles and nearby communities can receive a wide range of cosmetic enhancement solutions at Dr. Motykie’s plastic surgery practice as well as his state of the art medical spa facility.

Dr. Motykie understands that every patient may not be willing to undergo a surgery for a cosmetic improvement in appearance. Therefore, he provides cutting edge non-invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting to address the needs of such patients. Patients who may need a reduction of facial signs of aging may opt for Botox, which has now been approved by the FDA for the treatment for crow’s feet as well. Patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles may review before and after photos of actual patients at Dr. Motykie’s office to understand what they can expect from procedures such as Botox or CoolSculpting.

What is Botox Treatment?

The main ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin, which is powerful enough to cause a temporary paralysis in a muscle when used in very tiny and highly diluted form. This unique property of this toxin helps achieve medical and cosmetic benefits. After extensive research, studies and trials, the FDA approved Botox to treat medical problems such as involuntary eyelid spasms, excessive underarm perspiration and chronic headaches and migraines. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox for the first time for a cosmetic purpose of reduction of frown lines on the forehead.

Finally in 2013, Botox has won another cosmetic treatment approval for the reduction of crow’s feet. Botox medication is injected directly into a muscle that has become overactive and is causing a wrinkle. The toxin works immediately to paralyze the muscle temporarily. Once the muscle is relaxed, the wrinkle or line disappears or fades away naturally. When crow’s feet are reduced with Botox, the eyes can appear more rested and refreshed. Before and after photos of previous patients can help a new patient understand the real benefits of Botox more clearly.

Benefits of Non-surgical Treatments

People in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles and other areas, who are unwilling or unable to opt for an elective cosmetic surgery, have an excellent option in the form of non-surgical treatments such as Botox and CoolSculpting. These non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments offer various benefits, including the following:

  • The treatments are safe, proven and approved or cleared by the FDA for cosmetic purposes.
  • Duration of the procedure is usually shorter than that of a typical surgery.
  • The treatments are ideal for busy mothers and working professionals who are unable to spare much time for a detailed or extensive surgical procedure.
  • Procedures such as Botox and CoolSculpting do not require the need for anesthesia.
  • Minimal pain or discomfort is reported by most patients who undergo such non-surgical procedures.
  • Recovery period is negligible, and patients can be ready to go back to work almost immediately following the treatment.
  • Risk of side effects and complications that is usually associated with a surgery is entirely avoided.

Botox Test Study by Allergan

Allergan, Inc., an Irvine, CA based drug manufacturer is the producer of Botox. Allergan conducted a scientific study to evaluate the specific cosmetic benefits of Botox in removal or reduction of crow’s feet. Crow’s feet, which are clinically known as lateral canthal lines, can make a person’s eyes appear old or tired. Allergan treated a group of 833 adult participants with Botox to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.

Another group of participants that did not receive the treatment was compared with the group that was treated. The results showed a marked reduction in crow’s feet for the group that received the treatment. The results of this study contributed to the evidence that FDA considered while granting the approval to Botox for treatment of crow’s feet.

Not Permanent

The FDA has formally stated that Botox is an effective but temporary treatment for the reduction of wrinkles that form around aging eyes, which are commonly known as crow’s feet. However, patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles and other areas who may receive non-surgical treatments such as Botox should be aware the results are temporary, and may last for three to six months. The advantage with treatments such as Botox or CoolSculpting is that these procedures can be repeated in the future to extend their benefits.

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