Botox May Help Treat Overactive Bladder

j0182793Botox is now one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the United States, and offers several benefits for those who want to get rid of wrinkles and improve their looks without surgery. However, Botox has also been used for many medicinal purposes over the past few decades. Botulinum toxin has been used to treat excessive underarm sweating and also to reduce migraine. A recent study now suggests that Botox can be used to treat an overactive bladder.

Researchers in Great Britain have found that Botox injections improved the symptoms of 34 patients with overactive bladders, and also improved their quality of life for up to six months. Results of the study were published in the BJU International Journal, and research was conducted at King’s College in London.

Patients received a series of 20 injections through the bladder wall to help immobilize various bladder muscles. Botox works by paralyzing the muscle it is injected into, and in cases of an overactive bladder, can help to reduce muscle spasms that trigger common symptoms. By combining Botox injections with natural treatments such as bladder training and pelvic floor exercises, some patients may be able to enjoy a better lifestyle and decrease anxiety and stress related to their condition.

In the United States, Botox is available for off-market use so researchers may go forth with testing Botox for overactive bladder problems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox only for cosmetic use in the United States, but many physicians do administer Botox to treat other conditions, and are licensed to do so.  However, there is no guarantee that this is 100 percent safe, as short term and long-term side effects of Botox for uses outside of cosmetic procedures have not been documented or studied extensively.

(Source: Reuters)

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by RealSelf.com, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.

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