A recent article in MedEsthetics highlighted some new uses for botulinum toxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin). Botox was first approved for medical use in 1989 for eye disorders. In 2002, the FDA granted approval for cosmetic use of Botox between the brows. Since then, neurotoxins have been effectively used for reducing underarm sweat, and in the treatment of migraines. Recent research shows that Botox may be useful in treating a wide range of skin diseases and conditions.
Two recent studies indicate that Botulinum injections may effectively treat psoriasis. In both studies the subjects were treated with Botulinum, and saw a significant decrease in skin inflammation and plaques on the skin.
Anecdotally, some physicians noticed improvement in rosacea after Botox administration. In these cases physicians are injecting small amounts of Botox into the skin (usually around 10 units). The results show an improvement in flushing and redness.
There are of course better known Botox uses. These include improving those pesky lines and wrinkles that come with age. The treatment is fast, easy and has few complications.
The doctors at the Laser Center of Maryland offer a free consultation to answer questions and to suggest treatment alternatives. Call 410.544.4600 to learn more about how Botox, Dysport or Xeomin can benefit you.