Diabetes & Your Skin

Having diabetes does not make your skin issues any different than a normal person’s skin.  You both will have similar skin problems with minor differences.  In case of diabetics, you may have problem of excessive dry skin.  Dry skin can be controlled by using variable skin lotions and emollients.  It is highly recommend that you control this problem by maintaining good glucose control and drinking  a lot of water.  Consuming a lot of water a day will have many beneficial effects and help your body cleanses itself.

Another problem that diabetics may experience is the appearance of orange yellow fatty plaques (aka xanthomas) that forms around your eyes.  This is the result of high cholesterol levels in your blood.  You might also suffer from a think, discolored, and dimpled appearance that can appear on your skin due to what is called Necrobiosis lipodica diabeticorum.  It’s a harmless condition but can affect your self confidence since it affects your overall appearance.

Otherwise, it is recommended that you protect your skin from exposure from the skin by using sun block during all seasons.  You should clean your body everyday using warm water and a non-abrasive soap.   Use moisturizing location to avoid dry skin and to keep your skin moist.  Employing these techniques will help maintain your skin.

How Botox helped a little Boy

Wanted to share what I read this morning, botox can do wonders for a lot of people.

Published on Monday 26 December 2011 14:00

A BATTLING youngster who was left brain damaged when he was attacked by his own father as a baby has had another round of botox to release the tense muscles in limbs.

Seven-year-old Joshua Cool had his first round of the treatment on his arms around six months ago to relax his tight tendons.

The botox injections – usually used for cosmetic purposes to free the face of wrinkles – helped to loosen his arm muscles so they could lie in a more “normal” position.

And as a result of the treatment’s success the youngster had a further course, this time in his wrists and legs which also suffer from tendon and muscular tightness.

His grandad and full-time carer Tony Mandry, 48, said: “It worked so well the first time round in his arms that the doctors suggested trying it in his legs and wrists as well.

“It made such a difference to his arms instead of them being all tight and drawn up, they were so much more relaxed.

“The doctors thought it would have the same effect in helping to straighten his wrists and legs which are also really tight and drawn.

“So we went along for the treatment and they put this numbing cream onto his skin first so he wouldn’t feel the injections going in and it’s worked great again. It works wonders.”

Tony, of Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, added: “We’d try anything to make Joshua more comfortable and this has really helped.”

Joshua, who also lives with his gran, Pam Mandry, was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or even sit up properly after his father Paul Cool shook him severely when he was just weeks old.

He also and stubbed out a cigarette on him.

Following the horrendous attack in July 2004 Joshua is diagnosed blind, is fed through stomach peg, has had to have operations to tie up his stomach to stop him vomiting, to correct his bottom eyelids which turned in and over, and needs surgery on his hips.

He has a “turn” in his eye, suffers stunted growth of the head, cannot sit, stand, speak, hold his head or grasp anything with his hands and suffers with epilepsy and asthma.

Cool, then of Garside Drive, Hartlepool, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.

Muscle spasms and Botox !

Botox has been available in the United States for clinical use since 1989. At that time it was approved by the FDA for treatment of eye and facial muscle spasm disorders,
blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm respectively. Then in 2000 the FDA approved Myobloc for treatment of cervical dystonia, a condition of involuntary neck muscle spasm. Botox isn’t just to keep as young, but it can actually help with several things besides beauty.

Prior to the use of Botox, it was very difficult to treat muscle spasm disorders. Medications had side effects and surgery had limited benefit associated with the risk of complications. Botox opened an entirely new avenue to treat spasticity. The drug works by causing a chemical relaxation of muscles that are injected. Botox is highly selective in that it remains in the muscles that it is injected into. Patients with cervical dystonia have difficulty with their head pulling to one side of the other. They may also have their head pulling backward or forward. Not only is this condition painful, it also causes patients to have functional difficulty with activities such as driving, playing sports or even eating. In patients with limb dystonia, there is involuntary spasm of an arm, leg or both. This can cause difficulty with dressing, walking or even personal hygiene (if their hand is fisted up.) Botox (or Myobloc) can provide excellent relief of these symptoms thereby improving patients’ quality of life. For patients with severe muscle spasticity from stroke, Botox provides relief of the tight muscles allowing for greater ease in certain activities. It is important
to note that Botox (or Myobloc) will not restore function of any limb affected by the stroke. What the treatment will do is provide increased comfort due to reducing pain from spasm and allow for improvedease in doing some daily activities.

Areas for Botox

The best way to figure out where Botox can be administer is to visit a doctor and ask him specifically as each individual will get a different result. Generally, Botox is a affective way to get rid of wrinkles in the facial area. That does not mean that Botox gets rid of all wrinkles.  Botox works on muscles by relaxing them. The regions with a lot of muscle activity will benefit the most from Botox. Surprise lines, frown lines and crow’s feet are the most popular and successful areas where Botox can be successful. Smoker’s lines may also be diminished by Botox injections, however, if a person is an active smoker, the effect could be very limited. It is because smoking promotes motion of the muscles responsible for creating these lines. Botox cannot tighten sagging skin. If your skin is sagging, you need to use other cosmetic procedure to fix that problem. Botox cannot stretch or remove wrinkles.

Botox Injection Cost

One of the questions that everyone wants to know about getting Botox Injections is how much is it going to cost me.  Accordingly to national averages, a single Botox injection by a board certified surgeon will cost you about $375.  The price will defer based on where you live.  For example, getting a botox injection in Beverly Hills is going to cost a lot more than in Lincoln Park, Chicago.  The cost will also fluctuate based on the amount of Botox needed and the area being treated.  A treatment of the facial area requiring multiple injections, like around the eyes will range from $290 to $650.  A large areas like your forehead will cost about $800.00.  The difference in averages is heavily dependent on the quality and experience of the doctor administrating the Botox.  Naturally, a more experience doctor with favorable results is going to cost more than getting injections from a new inexperience doctor.  Kinda like the adage, you get what you pay for.

Botox – How Often

It is often asked how often can you get botox injections?  Well that assumes that we know how long a Botox treatment lasts.  In general, the benefits of a Botox injection will last from two months to six months depending on the individual.  Some people think they need a injection as soon as they see a wrinkle.  Others wait until the effects of their last shot completely wear off until they get their next shot.

The fact of the matter is that repeat injections do not affect the effectiveness of future treatments.  You are perfectly fine with getting injections as you think you need them.  Cost will be the main deciding factor to ask yourself.

Botox for headaches.

Botox isn’t just to keep you from frowning. Botox can help your headaches.
During a Botox migraine treatment, doctors make an injection into the forehead, neck, and shoulders where patients are experiencing pain and tension. The botulism toxin is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system. Not only can decreasing stress on the nervous system prevent migraines from developing, headaches that do occur are often less severe because Botox purportedly blocks pain receptors in nerve cells.

Side Effects

Any time someone is going to sticks needles into your face, there are going to be some side effects.  However, for many, the benefits outweigh any temporary pain or discomfort that they may experience.  That is why it is important to have a train professional to do the injection because you can avoid a lot of discomfort.  So lets get to the point.  What are the discomforts that one might experience getting botox injections?  They are redness, itching, pain, bruising, and tenderness.  Some people experience some mild headaches while others experience flu like symptoms immediately after the procedures.


Preventing Wrinkles

As we age, we quickly become obsessed with how we look.  One of the first things that we focus on are wrinkles and how to stop them.  These days you can’t go to the show or watch tv without seeing a product tells us that antioxidants are the solutions to stopping wrinkles.  Well do you know that an antioxidant is Vitamin C?  That is right, just by consuming Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables or taking your daily Vitamin C pill you can turn the clock of aging back.

A recent study found that people who date foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age related dry skin than those whose diets contained less vitamin C.  The vitamin helps form collagen which smooths fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to guard against ultraviolet rays from the sun which can lead to freckles and mooted complexion.  So start taking your Vitamins.  Especially the one’s labeled with a C if you want to stop mother nature from coming to your front steps.

Botox Cost

The price for Botox injections is between $175 and $500 for one area (about 20 to 25 units for the glabella), between $275 and $600 for two areas and between $375 and $800 for three areas. The usual product charge is between $10 and $15 per unit used. Prices vary a great deal depending on the region and the surgeon.

Insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections. If the cost is prohibitive, ask your doctor about any available financing options or payment plans.