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What can we expect from Botox in the future, both cosmetically and medically?

Here are some possibilities:

THE NON-SURGICAL "NOSE JOB"

Some doctors may start to use Botox to create slight changes to the nose and nose area. If your nose is dramatically misshapen, or you'd like to decrease the overall size, traditional rhinoplasty is still your best option. But small humps on the bridge of the nose may be able to be temporarily corrected by the injection of Botox, which can cause enough swelling to make the bump blend in with the rest of the nose. Botox injected into the nostrils or bulb of the nose may also be used to create either a more up-turned or down-turned nose.

SMALLER PORES

Injections of Botox just under the skin have recently been found to paralyze the sebaceous glands and decrease oil production. This may shrink pore size by up to 60 per cent and decrease the severity of acne in some cases. They key to this is shallow injection of Botox, rather than the deeper injections required to paralyze muscles.

ASTHMA

Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, recently found that nearly half of all the severe asthmatics they surveyed had problems with their voice box, as well as their lungs. The constriction of the voice box because of asthma is similar to a condition called vocal cord dysphonia— or overuse of the voice—which Botox now commonly treats. In severe asthma, the voice box can go into spasms. These spasms make it difficult for air to pass through the throat. Botox is effective in treating muscle spasms because it works by relaxing the muscles. That's why it's used as a wrinkle reducer—it relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Trials are currently underway to test the effectiveness of Botox for asthmatics. If successful, asthmatics will have more choices in how they handle their disorder.

ENLARGED PROSTATE

According to some studies, administering Botox to men who had an enlarged prostate relieved symptoms for up a to a year after the procedure. Scientists found that the Botox injection causes the prostate cells to die off, through a process called apoptosis. The size of the prostate gland decreases as the cells die off. This improves urinary flow and helps decrease the residual urine left in the bladder. Also, the Botox injection paralyzes the prostate gland, helping to prevent further enlargement. There are other medical treatments for an enlarged prostate, and many of the them can lead to sexual side-effects, including impotence. Botox treatments for enlarged prostate are promising because there were no reports of side- effects during studies.

MOOD IMPROVEMENT

A Botox study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison loosely claimed that Botox could be used as both a wrinkle treatment and a mood enhancer. During the study, researchers recorded Botox patients' response feelings and reactions to a series of statements. The researchers reported that although there was no change in the time it took Botox patients to react to "happy statements," it "took a longer period to express anger or sadness." This Botox-mood connection may correlate with a similar study done by Yale Medical School graduate and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Murad Alam. Dr. Alam noted a connection between "facial expressions and negative feelings" in his Botox experiment. He suggested that, in the same way that negative feelings can outwardly present themselves as frowns, furrows, and facial wrinkles, Botox patients' lack of wrinkles may work "backwards to adjust our emotions and make us happier."