25 June 2009

Botox may be primarily known for its wrinkle-smoothing powers but scientists are quickly finding several uses for the toxin that go beyond its traditional reach.A recent article from the Daily Mirror's medical columnist Dr Miriam Stoppard highlights the quickly expanding list of ailments that researchers have discovered may be combated by the non-surgical cosmetic procedure. Earlier this week, for example, a California-based surgeon claimed he had discovered that Botox could be a cure for baldness. According to the Telegraph, Dr Simon Ourian, who is based in Beverley Hills, said: "With my patients these Botox vitamin injections for baldness have been very safe and more effective than anything I have ever seen before." What's more, another surgeon in the US recently revealed that Botox could be beneficial for treating acne. This is because injections of the muscle relaxant into the face will stop the production of sebum, which will in turn discourage the multiplication of the bacteria that causes acne. According to Dr Stoppard, other complaints that Botox has been discovered to help range from migraines, excessive sweating, chronic foot pain caused by diabetes, incontinence, lower back problems and even overeating. However, using Botox to treat several of these ailments is still largely in the testing stage and is not widely practiced by many surgeons and clinics. Dr Anil Shah, the Chicago-based surgeon who pioneers the use of Botox to combat acne, said: "Botox definitely clears up acne... [but] experience is really essential. I only treat patients over 20-years-old." Botox, or botulinum toxin, works by temporarily freezing muscles and one treatment can last up to six months. It was first approved for clinical use in the form of injections in 1989.