Botox Injections Block Smokers from Inhaling
With each passing day, new ways to use Botox are changing the lives of millions of people, including migraine suffers and hardcore smokers, according to a USA Today report.
Interviewing long-time smoker and Vancouver, WA, resident Kelly Greenwood, the good news is sure to spread quickly. Going through the motions as if actually smoking a cigarette, Greenwood gave a visual on how having Botox blocks her from smoking. “See there is no pucker,” she says. “So if you were going to put a cigarette in your mouth like you are going to suck on a cigarette, you can’t. Your lips won’t shut all the way. You just can’t smoke.”
By parlaying lips in her muscles through injections, Greenwood has new hope on what seemed like a losing battle. Since suffering from other non-smoking treatments, with the nicotine patch giving her welts and the prescription drug Chantix blurring her vision, Greenwood believed Botox could be the answer.
Gabriel was “willing to do anything,” to cut down her smoking, and chose to have Botox injected on either side of her upper lip. “We were joking and I told her she may not be able to kiss her husband or drink out of a straw, and she said ‘I don’t care I will do anything at this point,’” says Gabriel.
Greenwood saw results in a matter of days. Now smoking far less, she said she has weaned herself to 10-12 cigarettes a month, and is hoping she will quit totally after one final treatment.
Like Gabriel, Dr. Jessica W. has also used Botox to cease smoking, says a Doctors TV story. “After using Botox to treat upper-lip wrinkles, also known as smoker’s lines and caused by excessive puckering and pursing of the lips, patients told Dr. W that in addition to smoother skin, they found smoking difficult because holding the cigarette with their lips was hard,” reports Doctors TV.
The whole point of smoking is to drag the nicotine from the tobacco, but this becomes harder after injections. Over time, those muscles get really strong. The Botox works by relaxing those overactive muscles, and that discourages you from smoking because you are no longer able to draw on that cigarette.
Referring to a 19-year-old patient named Courtney, Dr. W explained how smoking since 14 has made it hard for her to quit after five years. “Courtney is a great candidate for this procedure because she’s young, and when she does stop smoking, her lungs will start to heal themselves and her overall health will improve,” says Dr. W. “I think she’s going to get a great result.
Like Greenwald, a week after the procedure, Courtney reported having issues sipping through a straw, as well as sucking on a cigarette. But the bottom line is that the Botox worked, and that is all that matters to the patient who tried so hard to quite in the past. “I’ve cut down [smoking] a lot,” she says. “I’d say I cut down 75%.”