Nearly thirteen years ago, the FDA approved BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for cosmetic use. Due to its effectiveness in wrinkle treatment, Botox has been gaining popularity ever since. Although the cosmetic success is outstanding, Botox did not stop there. Part of the success behind this injectable is that the company that produces it continues to study possible ways that their serum can be used. Research continues even after Botox has been approved for treating new conditions in order to optimize the use of Botox for each one. Recently, the FDA has expanded its previous approval for Botox used as treatment of upper limb spasticity. This and other additions to FDA approved uses leaves hope for new advancements in cosmetic uses for Botox as well.
Approximately 1 million people in the United States suffer from upper limb spasticity. This condition is characterized by stiffness or immobility of arm muscles. This neurological condition may prevent fingers, wrists, and elbows from moving properly. Upper limb spasticity often occurs following a stroke, and may develop days, weeks, or even months after someone has suffered a stroke. Other known causes include spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Adults with a history of cerebral palsy have also developed this condition. Sufferers may struggle with everyday tasks that require arm movement such as dressing or washing.
In 2010, the FDA first approved Botox for use in treating upper limb spasticity. Injections were approved for use in the biceps, flexor carpi radialis (wrist flexors), and flexor digitorum profundus (finger flexors) in adults. The expansion that the FDA is adding to their approval extends treatment areas to include the flexor pollicis longus and the adductor pollicis, both of which are involved in thumb movement. The expansion also included a change in approved dose for this condition from 360 units to 400. The change is based on two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies which evaluated the safety and efficiency of Botox for treating this neurological condition.
The first study involved 170 people with upper limb spasticity. Participants received either a single Botox dose or a placebo injected into the thumb flexing muscles. Those who received Botox injections saw a significant improvement in their symptoms, while placebo participants experienced no change. The second test evaluated differences between dose size. The study involved 170 people suffering from this condition. Each person received a single dose of either 30 units of Botox, 40 units, or a placebo. The higher dose produced a clinically and statistically significant improvement compared to the placebo.
Botox research is ongoing, which means that current Botox treatment will continue to improve and even more uses will be discovered. As with the medical applications of Botox, cosmetic uses for Botox will also continue to improve. Right now, Botox can be used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles that may reveal themselves when you smile or speak. Future studies may allow researchers to find new ways that Botox can restore your looks. With the promise of future progress, Botox holds great potential for future advancements in eliminating signs of aging.
Botox treatments erase wrinkles and face lines so that you look younger and more relaxed without the need for risky surgery. After just one short treatment, you will notice a reduction in your wrinkles. Repeat treatment is suggested every four months for best results. You deserve to feel confident about the way you look, and Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics is happy to help you look your best.
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