A cosmetic treatment doctor based in Vancouver has suggested a new use for Botox injections in helping patients to quit smoking.
Botox is best known for its use in anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments, but the way it works means that it has a wide variety of uses beyond the aesthetic. It was originally developed for treating squint and is still used in treating this condition. It has also been approved for treating migraine, excessive sweating, overactive bladder and even an upper limb stiffness condition known as ULS.
The discovery of its use as a potential aid to stopping smoking is not an approved treatment, but the doctor claims that he has seen good results. The technique is based on using Botox to stop upper lip movement, which makes it very difficult for smokers to draw on a cigarette and smokers are forced to cut down or stop.
A spokesperson for SkinViva said:
Stopping or cutting down on smoking is always a good idea. It is one of the best things a person can do to improve their health and life expectancy.
Disabling the sucking action is a practical mechanism to very simply stop a person’s ability to smoke. However, there is no long term study of this method and the numbers so far are very small.
There are also practical problems for the patient. In the same way as they are unable to smoke, they will also not be able to drink using a straw or kiss and may find certain foods difficult to eat too.
We fully advocate stopping smoking, but other methods such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture or nicotine patches might be a better solution.
One area that SkinViva doctors regularly treat is the deep and pronounced lines that can appear on and around the mouth for regular/heavy smokers. These smokers lines are often a result of both direct damage to the skin from the smoke, repeated pursing of the lips and volume loss with aging.
Smokers lines can be treated using lip enhancement treatment with lip fillers. This doesn’t have to mean a puffy ‘trout pout’, but some subtle replenishment of volume in the lip area is highly effective at smoothing out the ageing and unattractive signs of smoking.
SkinViva offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester to discuss their clients’ concerns and hopes for treatment. This appointment is arranged with the Aesthetic Doctor who would actually carry out the treatment and includes a discussion of health – including smoking – to fully assess the patient in order to recommend the most suitable treatment option.
SkinViva doctors also attend an extensive choice of conveniently located locations across the North West, including Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Stockport and Bury.
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