Other uses for Botox

April 23, 2009 3:08:13 PM PDT
It is common knowledge that Botox can be used to smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. But there are also three other uses for it that are not quite as well-known. Doctors are finding more and more uses. In fact, Botox got its start to treat muscle spasms around the eye. It's also been used to treat headaches. And now, there are some other, more cosmetic applications.

"It has so many uses," Dr. Lawrence Reed said. "We're at the tip of the iceberg where Botox is going to be used."

Dr. Reed doesn't just use Botox to minimize wrinkles. He, like other doctors, have found that Botox works on areas you might not think of. Take Dana for example. She has acne scarring.

So Dr. Reed injected Botox in dozens of spots on her face, just under the skin.

"It decreases the muscle pump and blocks the production of oils, so we use it for acne," he said.

And two weeks later, Dana saw a noticeable improvement.

Mina was after something else. She wanted wider eyes.

Tiny injections of Botox under the eye and near the nose, and two weeks later, her eyes appeared bigger and more round.

And finally, the sun and gravity had taken a toll on Ronnie's upper chest, leaving it freckled and not so firm.

Dr. Reed injected Botox below the collar bone and above the breast, and then used a carbon dioxide laser to improve the surface of the skin and get rid of the spots. She liked the results.

"I love my new chest," she said.

And she's ready to show it off.

But for anyone who opts for Botox, there is a word of caution. It's not reversible. It does wear off though, usually in four to six months.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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