Skincare Demystified with Dr. Andrea Trowers - New Uses for Botox

Dr. Andrea Trowers - New Uses for Botox Interview

In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.

Dr. Trowers exclusively addresses many of your biggest skin care questions in our ongoing series of columns. Here's her latest column on additional uses for Botox . This is a must read for anyone who thinks Botox is just for wrinkles! - RLB

Botox Part 2- New Uses for Botox

Many of my patients love Botox and Dysport because both of these products can erase wrinkles. However there are several other reasons to love these neurotoxins, the most popular of which I’ve listed below. Please note that some of these uses are not FDA approved, but if a patient is informed of the possible risks and complications and signs a consent the procedures can legally be performed by a Board Certified physician.

1.Does someone you know sweat so excessively from their underarms, hands or feet that it causes severe social embaressment? Well 3% of the population does and Botox and Dysport may be just the treatment to save them from ruining another shirt from sweat stains or refusing to shake hands at a business meeting. The release of acetylcholine from nerve endings causes the sweat glands to produce sweat. Injections of Botox and Dysport work by blocking the release of acetylcholine and thus stop sweating. The effect lasts from four to six months. Some insurances now cover the treatment for excessive underarm sweating. Once I even did Botox on a friend’s forehead prior to her wedding so that she wouldn’t sweat on her face and her pictures would be perfect (which they were!).

2. Do you have a fabulous event to go to and the gown you want to wear won’t look good with a bra to give you the lift you need? Well Botox and Dysport may be able to help with that as well. It’s all about opposing muscles. If the muscles that pull your breasts down over time is weakened then the muscle that pulls your breast up can do an even better job. The treatment usually costs around $2,000. If you don’t want to go through the pain and cost of a breast lift this may be an option if your breasts are small to moderately sized.

3. I’ve seen personally how fabulous Botox and Dysport work for migraines. My aesthetician, who has been with me five years, was previously incapacitated by her migraines. She would see flashing lights, vomit and all her facials would have to be cancelled immediately. However once I began treating her she has been migraine free. She definitely loves Botox for her “movie star smile” (she says that because it erases the wrinkles she used to get around her eyes when she smiled), but she loves it even more for stopping her migraines.

The theory is that muscle spasms are involved in migraines and the neurotoxins relax those muscles. At the same time they block the release of proteins that transmit the pain of migraines to the brain. Studies have supported the fact that treatment with neurotoxins can prevent migraines in many cases and in others at least diminish their frequency and severity. The patients I have treated say it’s a life saver.

There are a number of other uses for botox including chronic lower back pain, excessive blinking, treating cross eyes, improving a gummy smile and numerous others. So if you have a concern or problem, mention it to your dermatologist. It may be one that can be cured with Botox or Dysport! - Dr. Andrea Trowers

*Italics editor's own

Dr. Andrea Trowers is a Board Certified Dermatologist who has a private Dermatology practice in North Miami Beach. After graduating from Georgetown University, she completed medical school at Emory University. Her residency in Dermatology was completed at Case Western University, where she was Chief Resident. She then was selected for a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the University at Miami, where she later joined the faculty in the Department of Dermatology. She is an expert in conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails and strives to provide personalized expertise and treatment to each of her many patients. Dr. Trowers' practice also includes cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Dysport and fillers. Her approach to cosmetic treatments is a 'natural aesthetic' that enhances a patient's existing beauty.

For more information, please visit Dr. Andrea Trowers' New Beauty Magazine feature.

Office contact info: 10800 Biscayne Boulevard Suite #650 Miami, FL 33161

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