Most men have heard about Botox.
In fact, guys are lately becoming more interested in the wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox.
Botox is the abbreviated name of Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A).
It’s literally a toxin secreted by a bacteria — but it has several medical benefits.
Most people know about its cosmetic effects.
It is injected directly into the area of the face, especially the forehead and laugh lines around the eyes.
The medication temporarily paralyzes the small muscles in the treated area that contract and cause wrinkles.
But the results last only 3 to 4 months, after which you have to have more Botox injected to maintain the look.
Beyond cosmetics, Botox has other medical benefits as well.
Some people swear by Botox as an effective treatment for migraine headaches.
But you may not know that doctors use Botox to treat over-sweating in the armpits and to improve armpit odor for many men.
And Botox is also an effective treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is what we laymen call an enlarged prostate.
BPH is NOT prostate cancer.
Prostate enlargement is a pain, but it is usually not a serious health issue.
It happens to about half of us men as we get older — usually by age 75, we have BPH symptoms.
The most common problem is difficulty urinating or completely emptying the bladder.
Since the prostate surrounds the urethra, the prostate may squeeze the urethra as it enlarges.
This inflammation makes it hard to urinate satisfactorily.
Doctors typically treat it surgically or with medications such as Flomax, Uroxatral, Rapaflo, and Finasteride.
But some men did not respond well to the surgery.
Others could not try surgery due to risk factors that made them poor candidates for the procedure.
And we’ve discussed how dangerous the medication side effects are here before.
That’s where Botox comes in — Botox works as a BPH treatment!
The same mechanism in Botox that smooths wrinkles also shrinks the prostate and lets men urinate freely again!
A recent study followed ten men, all diagnosed with BPH and urinary retention.
These were men who had already failed surgical and drug treatment for the relief of their symptoms.
The conventional interventions did not help.
Researchers compared Botox to conventional treatments for relief of BPH symptoms.
They injected 200 units of Botox injected into each man at the transitional zone of the prostate.
This is the part of the prostate that immediately surrounds the urethra.
After one week ALL patients reported improvement in urination.
Eight of them reported EXCELLENT results and two reported only IMPROVED results.
Even better, Botox works longer in your prostate than on your face!
Follow-up appointments at 3, 6, and 12 months revealed that the men treated with Botox continued to enjoy improved urinary flow.
Plus, there were no negative side effects reported during any phase of the study.
So if you have an enlarged prostate, you may want to discuss Botox with your doctor.
It may bring you the relief you need.
Prostate botulinum A toxin injection—an alternative treatment for benign prostatic obstruction in poor surgical candidates
Sustained beneficial effects of intraprostatic botulinum toxin type A on lower urinary tract symptoms and quality of life in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia