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Striving to be perfect can become an obsession that leads to plastic surgery, but what’s wrong with wanting to look perfect for your wedding day? For many brides-to-be, looking picture-perfect for the wedding is a high priority and some are willing to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures. The “bridalplasty” trend continues to grow as more brides want to look like their favorite celebrity or just achieve their ideal figure.

While thousands of women flock to the plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa for their Botox fix every month, statistics show that men are also adopting the Botox habit. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of men seeking cosmetic procedures continues to rise steadily year after year. Whether it’s to attract a mate, get through a mid-life crisis, or just feel more confident when applying for a job, men are relying on quick-fix procedures like Botox, facial fillers, and other minimally-invasive treatments to improve their looks. Experts have dubbed the recent increase in demand for Botox by men as “Brotox”, and it’s being embraced readily by more men across all age groups.

Cameron Diaz’s recent red carpet and television appearances have sparked some controversy over this Hollywood starlet’s looks. Has Diaz, like many other stars, undergone a plastic surgery makeover recently? Diaz has been looking especially youthful and polished these days and some speculate that she may have had some anti-aging treatments to maintain a more sculpted and defined look. This coupled with her strict workout regimen and healthy diet could explain why she’s looking at least ten years younger than she actually is these days.

As more people turn to web technologies like Facetime, Skype, and online chat to stay in touch with friends and colleagues, plastic surgeons are noticing an increasing trend for Botox injections. Video-chat programs and even the increase in Facebook usage over recent years may be one of the reasons why many people are seeking out “touch up” treatments like Botox, fillers, and skin tightening treatments.

While some people hide the fact that they’ve had any type of cosmetic procedures like Botox, liposuction, and nose jobs, some celebrities simply don’t care. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb recently received Botox injections live on the set of the “Today” show. The show’s program, “Needles, Knives, or Nothing” featured Kathie Lee getting an eyebrow lift and Hoda getting a simple laser hair removal treatment. Both were quite frank about their decision to have the cosmetic treatment and spent the entire hour sharing advice and the latest treatment options with the audience.

Botox injections continue to be among the most coveted minimally-invasive procedures for men and women who want a more youthful appearance, and were the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Botox works to freeze the muscles  that cause wrinkles, and also smooths out existing wrinkles to achieve a more youthful look.

Even though Botox injections are famous for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, the injectable also serves several off-label purposes, including the treatment of hyperhidrosis and migraines.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have published a study that indicates Botox may also be effective for weakening and paralyzing certain nerves and muscles in the body, and can therefore help those who are experiencing significant amounts of pain.

Many patients undergoing Botox treatments typically head back to the cosmetic surgeon’s office every six to eight months for a touch up. However, a recent study by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University shows that Botox Cosmetic can provide many wrinkle-smoothing cosmetic benefits after two years.

According to Roger A. Dailey, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor and Lester Jones Endowed Chair of oculofacial plastic surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, “After two years of treatment at recommended intervals, patients can potentially cut the frequency, and thus the cost, of their Botox treatments by half.” Dr. Dailey presented the results of this study at a meeting of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Washington, D.C. this past April. The research was sponsored by a grant from Allergen, Inc., the maker of Botox Cosmetic.

Botox currently has several off-label uses including treating excessive sweating, reducing the risk of migraines and helping patients with joint or arthritic pain.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved Botox to treat spasticity in the flexor muscles of adults. Spasticity of the elbow, wrists and fingers is often the result of a stroke, brain injury or the result of progressive multiple sclerosis.  The stiffness and tightness in the joints can interfere with daily activities and can affect how a patient looks.

Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles and deep grooves in the forehead, but it also has several non-cosmetic uses. Over the years, many doctors have reached for this injectable for off-label purposes such as reducing excessive sweating, and even treating migraines. A preliminary study now suggests that botulinum injections can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, and may be effective for treating migraine pain for the long-term.

A report published in the February issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates that Botox injections can help to reduce the number of migraine episodes a patient receives, but may not be equally as effective for reducing the pain and pressure that many migraine sufferers experience.

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