When Dr. Paul Wigoda opened up Time Magazine’s cover story article, How Botox Became the Drug That’s Treating Everything, he was not surprised to read more on how Botox can change your life.
Wigoda is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his signature painless breast implants and also renown for his patient safety and education. He is based in Fort Lauderdale where the fight against anti-aging is serious. While Botox is best known for its wrinkle smoothing and reducing powers, many are not aware of the full potential of Botox.
Botox first discovered by Dr. Justinus Kerner when he was trying to figure out the cause of death by Germans who had all consumed sausage. The cause of death was determined to be food-borne botulinum toxin.
The United States attempted to use this poison as a weapon to take out enemies in World War 2
Dr. Edward Chantz purified the Botox into a crystalline form and this started the basis for the safe form of Botox for Cosmetics used today.
Then a breakthrough came by Dr. Vernon Brooks when he discovered small amounts of Botox could be used to temporarily relax the muscles by blocking the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings.
Doctors began studying the positive uses of Botox in ophthalmology and also cosmetic benefits. Botox proved to reverse the effects of cross eyes, lazy eyes, facial spasms and even vocal chord spasms. When the signs of diminishing frown lines began to surface with the use of doctors, the cosmetic and anti-aging use of Botox started to blossom with possibilities.
After years of clinical trials, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin for its use in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.
Botox was approved by FDA to treat excessive sweating of under arms
Botox was approved by FDA to treat chronic headaches
The FDA announced Botox is approved for the use of overactive bladders
Today Botox is the #1 minimally invasive surgical procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ahead of lipo and nose reshaping.
Is Botox safe?
“If you are getting your Cosmetic Botox injections from a reputable doctor who is trained and a board certified plastic surgeon, Botox is safe and effective,” said Wigoda. “The other FDA approved and not yet approved uses of Botox are also excellent ways to treat problems and also should be administered only by a physician that has experience in that particular Botox specialization.
So what’s the big Botox deal today?
Botox has outgrown it’s original bad reputation of death and destruction. Thanks to scientific innovation, today Botox has many healthful and cosmetic uses.
- Migraines – Headaches are bad but migraines can ruin your day, night or even several days. Patients who receive Botox injections report less headaches and stress. Whether this is a placebo effect or not is still to be determined. Bottom line is it works!
- Excessive Underarm Sweating – the embarrassing problem of sweaty armpits is reminiscent of the preteen days bit for some it’s a real issue beyond junior high. This is an embarrassing disorder that leads to know self esteem and confidence in social settings. Thanks to Botox, people who suffer from excessive armpit sweating saw a 75% reduction in sweat production in four weeks after the injection.
- Overactive Bladder – “Clinical studies have demonstrated Botox’s ability to significantly reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence,” said Hylton V. Joffe, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Today’s approval provides an important additional treatment option for patients with overactive bladder, a condition that affects an estimated 33 million men and women in the United States.”
- Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes – This was a first for Botox approvals back in the 1980s and 1990’s. According to Time, this disorder affects about 4% of Americans and is called strabismus, where the eyes do not line up in the same direction.
- Botox Cosmetics – Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin can be used in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.
Not FDA Approved
Although the FDA has not given the official stamp of approval to these, Botox is an unofficial solution that could be a consideration for those who suffer.
“Breakthroughs in medical technology continue to advance,” said Wigoda. “Much of what we are doing today in plastic surgery whether it’s surgical or non-surgical like Botox did not even exist 20 or 30 years ago.”
Do you want to learn more about Botox? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation. We are offering $50 off one zone of Botox until March 1, 2017. Only one per customer.
Want more? Read the cover story in Time Magazine from January 2017.
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