It’s Not Just For Wrinkles: Botox’s Brilliant and Novel Uses

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Botox has been the gold-standard treatment for wrinkle reduction for over a decade, and have become popular among men, which could make it the perfect Father's Day gift, but its advantages don’t stop there. New York City Dermatologist, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, M.D., uses Botox for reshaping round faces, reducing the size of calf muscles, easing the pain of TMJ, chronic migraines, turkey neck and even treating the excessive sweating disorder known as hyperhidrosis.

Patients will stop overusing muscles that cause repeated micro-movements, which overtime, can cause undesirable results such as wrinkles, bulky calves, round faces, TMJ pain, migraines and hyperhidrosis.

Botox injections have become the most widely used cosmetic treatment in the world. Men have increasingly become a part of the cliental for cosmetic procedures, leading cosmetic dermatologists expecting to see a spike in Botox appointments this Father's Day. Botox’s popularity has grown from its effectiveness for smoothening out wrinkles, but its usefulness has spread into other areas, erasing not only wrinkles but also helping migraines, TMJ pain, bulky calves and round faces.

These innovative uses for Botox are now gaining more recognition and momentum in the industry. Since its FDA-approval in 2002, Botox has evolved into a solution for a variety of cosmetic and medical applications. When the brain is instructed to laugh or frown, it sends a signal that travels through a nerve, which reaches the muscle and triggers a physical corresponding response. Botox works by cutting that line of communication, ultimately preventing the signal from reaching the muscle, avoiding a contraction altogether. The muscle remains in a relaxed state. This does not prevent muscles from making any expressions, or debilitate the use of the muscles, but instead simply relaxes unnecessary muscle contractions from causing unwanted results. Botox tends to last three to four months and then gradually fades away, although patients treated for hyperhidrosis will see results lasting longer.

Botox's abilities to relax muscle contractions has made it the number one non-invasive cosmetic procedure in men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botox as a wrinkle reduction method is effective in diminishing glabellar wrinkles and other wrinkles with equal success rates are crow’s feet or fine lines around the eyes, upper lip lines, and horizontal forehead creases. Botox can also relax platysma muscles, which are the bands located under the chin and down the neck that are notorious for protruding with age.

Using Botox to treat platysma neck bands is affective and provides patients with a non-surgical alternative solution to neck aging. Over time, the platysmal bands often become visible as thick, vertical bands running in a V-shape from underneath the chin, down to the base of the neck. This Botox neck lift can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkling necks by tightening the platysma muscles responsible.

Botox injections can also be used as a safe and effective way to change the silhouette of a wider or rounder face. Those experiencing masseter hypertrophy, which is the enlargement of lower cheek muscles, can slim down their face without surgery or downtime. Patients of Asian descent tend to have a squarer face due to the anatomical structure of the skull, which is rounder compared to Caucasians. People with naturally wider, square faces or excessive fat can also benefit from Botox injections which work by shrinking the muscles that cause the wider face, creating a more angular and feminine facial shape. This effect can be further achieved by filling in the cheek bone area with facial fillers.

Patients that complain of bulky calf muscles can shrink them down to a smaller size using Botox. Both men and women desire nice calves, and by reducing the muscle bulk, calves can be made thinner and longer. Typically, Asian women have short and muscular calves, which some undergo surgery for. By blocking the nerves to the Gastrocnemius muscle using Botox, the muscle will decrease in circumference and change the shape to a slimmer, more attractive appearance.

Botulinum injections not only have cosmetic benefits, but can also address medical conditions such as alleviating TMJ pain, the condition caused by the inflammation of your temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The condition can caused by grinding of the teeth, trauma to the jaw, arthritis, among others and can be acute or chronic which ranges from minor discomfort to severe pain. Mouth guards, dental work, jaw surgery and pain medication have been current remedies to TMJ, but not all work. Botox relieves jaw tension in the joint by making the muscles unable to contract unless necessary. Patients who experience TMJ, often experience headaches and pain caused by the powerful jaw clench.

Patients who suffer the debilitating challenges of chronic migraine headaches have also found relief with Botox injections into areas around the temples, forehead and neck. The FDA approved Botox to treat migraines in 2010, a condition that causes headaches that occur for more than 14 days in one month. It works by blocking pain receptors found in nerve cells, which reduces muscle tension and nervous system strain.

Many are unaware that Botox can also be used as a simple solution for treating the severe sweating condition in the underarms, hands and feet known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating. Sweating is a normal biological response to physical exertion or emotional distress, but when it becomes unmanageable, the effects of Botox can serve as a viable option. Prescription antiperspirants are temporary solutions to the very real problem that interferes with daily routines and causes embarrassing social and professional situations. Injections into the problem areas with an ultra-fine needle will block chemical signals, much like wrinkle signals. Once the muscles responsible for releasing sweat from sweat glands are blocked, sweating will substantially subside and patients can go back to living a normal life. MiraDry is another FDA-approved treatment that treats hyperhidrosis with microwave electromagnetic energy to destroy sweat glands, resulting in an effective, long-lasting treatment.

“Patients will stop overusing muscles that cause repeated micro-movements, which overtime, can cause undesirable results such as wrinkles, bulky calves, round faces, TMJ pain, migraines and hyperhidrosis,” says Dr. Rokhsar, a professor of dermatology who’s also been injecting Botox for these conditions for 15 years.

“Botox is an innovative approach to treating conditions such as hyperhidrosis, which gives patients treatment options without surgery or downtime,” says Dr. Rokhsar.

Dr. Cameron K. Rokhsar, M.D., is an expert injector and has been interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America for the use of Botox as a treatment for excessive sweating. As the leading authority in laser surgery and non-invasive techniques, Dr. Rokhsar, has extensive training and expertise in the field of skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. A graduate of Harvard and New York University, Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained dermatologist and laser surgeon and extensively published medical author and Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His offices are located in New York City and Garden City, Long Island.

For more information please contact: Samantha Olson (212) 285-1110.

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