Fonzie Endorses Botox for Treatment of Muscle Disorder

The Fonz – that loveable greaser from Happy Days – is spreading the good word about the wonders of Botox. However, his two-thumbed endorsement has more to do with health and well being than looking cool.

No, The Fonz has not jumped the shark – Henry Winkler, the man behind the leather jacket, has made it his mission to espouse the benefits of Botulinum treatment for those who suffer from Upper Limb Spasticity.

Henry Winkler supports Botox for Upper Limb Spasticity

Upper Limb Spasticity, or ULS, is a debilitating condition that can come on the heels of a stroke or spinal chord trauma and is associated with muscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

“The arm, hand, wrist or fingers freeze up in odd shapes. The fingers push into the palm, the upper arm is frozen into the chest or out like a wing,” says Winkler. Winkler’s mother Ilse suffered from the condition for ten years.

Not only is the condition debilitating, it can also be a source of embarrassment for those who must live with it. Treatment with Botox might provide patients with happier days.

Botox irons out wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in your face that cause them. The same muscle relaxing properties can be used to treat muscular disorders, such as ULS.

Botox isn’t a cure, but it is a source of relief. “You don’t get use of the hand back, but you get the ability to try therapies on it,” says Winkler. Patients can regain self-esteem as well, by being able to do things the able-bodied take for granted, such as dressing themselves and clipping their nails.

If you or someone you love suffers from ULS, or another muscular disorder that Botox can help alleviate, you couldn’t ask for a cooler spokesperson than Fonzie.

How Much Do Botox Injections Hurt?

Botox doesn’t need much help to prove that it’s popular. It’s the top non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the country by a mile, and more people are getting on board every day, including men. However, there are some who are scared off by the treatment. Probably the biggest turn-off for prospective patients is the possibility that the treatment might hurt.

Botox is an injectable treatment, which means that, yes, needles are involved. However, the amount of pain reported by recipients is traditionally mild, if at all.

Botox injections aren’t very painful

The needles themselves are extremely fine; if you’ve ever had a flu shot, you’ve basically experienced a Botox injection. Furthermore, the injection itself doesn’t take very long at all, so it’s in and out before you know it. A deft, practiced plastic surgeon who has lots of experience will also decrease the odds of discomfort.

Of course, pain tolerances differ, so even a mild treatment like Botox might hurt to some people. If your pain sensitivity is high, there are ways to numb the area; topical anesthetics, cooling devices, even ice, can be used to make the procedure a completely painless experience.

If you suffer from trypanophobia (fear of needles), you could consider taking an anxiety medication before a treatment, though you need to make sure your surgeon is aware of any and all medications you’re on before any procedure.

If you’ve been dying to enjoy the age-defying effects of Botox, but have been waylaid by that one hypodermic roadblock, you needn’t wait any longer. Be sure to contact a trusted plastic surgeon to set up a consultation.