Botox for Breasts and Parkinsons? Why Botox isn't just for frown lines anymore.
Great Neck, NY (Feb 16, 2007) - By now most people are familiar with Botox, the infamous strain of botulism which causes temporary paralysis of the muscles & is injected into the foreheads of everyone wishing to minimize the signs of aging. "Its usage has become so widespread that as of 2006 Botox injections are the most common cosmetic procedure done in the USA," says Dr. Nodar Janas, founder and President of MesoBoutique, a center for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in New York.
According to Dr. Janas, at present time, in the United States the FDA has approved Botox for the following:
- Frown /brow lines
- Severe Sweating (underarms, palms, soles)
- Neurological Disorders (Cervical Dystonia & Blepharospasm)
But Botox for the Breasts? It appears that this toxic "sausage poison" as it was once called, may be a small wonder treatment with applications far beyond what was originally expected.
We spoke to the globe-trotting Dr. Nodar Janas about the non-government approved "off label" applications and those still in testing. They include:
- Crows' feet
- Bunny lines
- Gummy smile
- Peau D'Orange chin
- Perioral lines
- Downwarded lip lines
- Nasal Flare
- Horizontal and Vertical Neck Lines
- Crossed eyes
- Migraine Headache
- Lower Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Parkinson's Disease
- Tourette's Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spasticity due to spinal stenosis
- Writer's cramps
- Spasmodic Dysphonia ( makes voice to crack and quiver)
- More than 50 different trial are ongoing in USA, including treatment of overactive bladder, stroke spasticity
But what about outside of the US? "I spend a lot of time in Europe and as you know, procedures are almost always approved overseas before they're approved here in United States," he says. "For example, right now in London, women are having Botox injected into their cleavage with marvelous results," says the charismatic Dr. Janas. "It stops fine lines in a woman's décolleté as wonderfully as it does in their foreheads," he says. In Canada and several European countries Botox is used for breast lift.
Whether or not Botox for the breasts is approved in the USA is up to the FDA & remains to be seen. " I doubt that Botox will become a new anti-gravity miracle for sagging breasts. It doesn't change the shape or size of breast, it merely temporarily paralizes the pectoralis muscle partially responsible for elevation of the breast tissue. Because Botox is relatively short-lived, and the muscle is large, the treatment can only be effective for small breasts and is rather costly."
What other exotic uses for Botox injections has Dr. Janas heard about recently? "Just a few weeks ago, on Dec 20th, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, published a study on Botox as a potentially effective treatment for writer's cramps," Dr. Janas says. "But that is only the most recent use I've heard of. The most interesting have to be the studies done on Botox as a treatment for depression and for excessive salivation."