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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Dr. Gary Motykie, a board certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, talked on this subject on the Marie Show!

Each individual is born with a skin type that is marked by unique genetic characteristics. In most cases, the skin is naturally healthy and youthful. However, the way an individual looks after his or her skin can make a key difference to the skin’s current condition. Skin cleansing is one of the most primary aspects of good health and well-being because skin is the largest and the most exposed part of the body.

It is important to cleanse the skin thoroughly every day. Skin care products are more effective when the skin is exfoliated for better absorption. Exfoliation may be achieved mechanically by massaging the skin gently and also naturally through enzymes that eat away the old skin cells in the outer skin layer.

A large variety of skin care products is available in the market. Some of these products can cost several hundred dollars, while some others may even cost thousands of dollars. If an individual is aware of the right ingredients that the skin needs, it is possible to achieve the same results by choosing less expensive products which contain the required ingredients.

Important Skin Care Ingredients

When buying a suitable skin care product, people should look for the following ingredients:


Many skin care products contain this ingredient because it is known to have a significant effect on the signs of aging. DMAE provides protection against skill cell damage that may occur due to sun exposure and environmental hazards. This ingredient stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, and has a tendency to make the skin firmer on contact. The Best of Perricone, costing around $95 is one of the products with DMAE.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is recognized as a vital promoter of natural collagen, antioxidant, and a moisturizer. This ingredient is also a key part of cosmetic fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. Several anti-wrinkle lotions and creams also contain hyaluronic acid. Products such as Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000 at $65 and Fresh Rose Hyrdrating Gel Cream at $42 contain this ingredient.


This ingredient can be compared with Botox to a lesser extent. Argireline is not an injectable treatment like Botox, but it is a cream to be applied over wrinkled skin. This ingredient works by blocking neurotransmitters, just like Botox, and allows the overactive facial muscles to relax. This results in fading away of wrinkles and fine lines. Products such as First Aid Beauty (FAB) Dual Repair Face Cream at $44 and First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream at $40 contain Argireline.


Matrixyl supports growth of proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are responsible for skin tightness and elasticity. When collagen and elastin break down with age or other factors, wrinkles and loose skin occur. Boscia Bright White Mask at $38 and Hourglass Fluid Makeup at $60 are two products containing this ingredient.

Tried and True Retinols

These skin rejuvenation ingredients can be found in products such as Kate Somerville Hydrating Face Serum, Philosophy “Help Me,” Dr. Brandt R3P Cream and Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum.

A Vampire Facelift Defined

This cosmetic procedure offers a unique combination of restoration of skin elasticity as well as improvement in skin tone and texture. As a part of this procedure, the doctor will first draw a small quantity of blood from the patient and isolate platelets by using a centrifugal force mechanism. This activates the platelets to release growth factors that can heal damaged tissue.

These growth factors are then injected into the affected areas of the face. This causes the multi-potent stem cells to become activated to produce new tissue growth. The outcome of this process is the appearance of rejuvenated and younger looking skin. The effects of this treatment may last for anywhere between nine months and two years.


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