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March 2007 Issue
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A patient receives a botox injection to help reduce forehead wrinkles.
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Botox—More Than Just a Cure for Wrinkles

By Amanda Harper
Published March 2007

Botox has become synonymous with full lips and fewer wrinkles, but the popular cosmetic medication is also used equally effectively for such unglamorous problems as excessive sweating, migraine headaches and certain neurological conditions.

“Botox is a great method to help erase signs of aging in the skin, but it can also be a good solution for people with other medical issues that don’t respond to traditional therapy,” explains Lana Hawayek, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor at UC.

Hawayek offers cosmetic and therapeutic Botox injections to her patients through the cosmetic dermatology clinics at University Pointe and Montgomery.

Known medically as botulinum toxin, Botox is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Admini-stration to treat migraine head-aches and excessive sweating, in addition to several cosmetic applications aimed at maintaining the youthful appearance of facial skin.

For wrinkle correction, Botox is injected directly into specific muscles to block neurotransmitters that cause the muscles to contract. The injection temporarily relaxes those specific muscles and softens the overlying wrinkles. This effect can last up to four months.

For the more than 1 million Americans with axillary hyperhidrosis—a condition that causes people to sweat four times more than normal—a treatment of Botox injections into the underarm sweat glands can effectively stop excessive sweating for up to one year. The treatment also reduces excessive sweating in other areas, such as the palms and soles.

Botox can also provide short-term relief to people with incapacitating migraine and tension headaches. A treatment cycle typically consists of 10 to 25 injections in the head, neck and shoulders. Relief from the headaches usually occurs within minutes of the treatment, and may last up to four months.

Physicians believe the drug works by inhibiting some of the neurotransmitters that cause headache pain.

Hawayek sees patients at University Pointe in West Chester and at the Montgomery clinic
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 936-4560.

For more information on cosmetic dermatology procedures, visit www.netwellness.org, a collaborative health-information Web site staffed by Ohio physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

Hawayek has no financial interest in Allergan Medical, which markets Botox.

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