Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Tag: Botox

What to Expect: Botox Injections for an Overactive Bladder

You might have heard that Botox injections can be used for treating wrinkles on your face. Well, Botox ( botulinum toxin) can also help treat crossed eyes, excessive sweating, eyelid spasms, not to mention bladder disorders such as an overactive bladder.

Should you have an ongoing bladder control problem, Botox has become an option for you to consider for the treatment of those sudden urges to urinate, especially if you’ve not had success with other treatment options. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the use of Botox also to include the treatment of an overactive bladder (OAB).

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat and learn more about how Botox can help you regain normal bladder control and meaningful improvements in your life quality, contact us, or call (312) 751-9000 today!

What is an Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

Overactive bladder isn’t a disease, but rather it’s what happens when the muscles that control bladder function start to act involuntarily.

There are several symptoms which suggest a problem in the function of your bladder, and to find out if you have OAB, consider the following questions:

  • Do you often have an urgent need to urinate?
  • Do you need to urinate more than twice at night, or at least eight times during the day?
  • Do you frequently feel you are leaking urine?

If you answer yes to at least two of these questions, you may have an OAB and should consider seeking professional advice.

How Does Botox for OAB Work?

Apart from Botox, you will find that several different treatments calm the nerves and muscles affecting your bladder. Ingestible tablets, known as anticholinergics and skin patches, are often prescribed but with the side-effects outline below.

Botox has also been approved as an alternative to anticholinergic drugs. It functions by calming the nerves that usually overstimulate the bladder muscles, leading to that urgent need to urinate.

How Are Botox Injections Administered?

We administer Botox injections from the comfort and convenience of our office, with the entire process taking about an hour. After your bladder is numbed with lidocaine, we will inject Botox into multiple areas of your bladder muscle through a small tube known as a cystoscope, which we insert through the urethra. A 30-minute evaluation follows, and you will need to urinate before leaving our office.

It can take between 12-72 hours for the Botox injections to take effect, and your bladder control can last for up to eight months. Followup treatments typically are administered 12 weeks apart, and there’s no limit to how long you can receive Botox therapy.

How Effective Are Botox Injections for OAB?

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEMJ) reported in a 2012 study that more women receiving Botox injections than those who didn’t say that their urinary incontinence problems were under control.

Schedule a Consultation

As a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Florence Mussat can work with you to develop a personalized plan for starting a course of Botox injections and to return your life to normal!

To discuss your options with her, so please schedule a consultation today at our Chicago, IL, office, or give us a call at (312) 751-9000.

Bridal Body Countdown: How to Look Great on Your Wedding Day

A perfect bridal body doesn’t happen on its own. If you’re getting ready for a walk down the aisle, come see us first. A little plastic surgery or a few well timed cosmetic treatments can help you to look your best on your big day. Whether you have two years before your wedding or just a few weeks, put a visit to Dr. Mussat on your pre-wedding to-do list.

Six Months or Longer Before Your Wedding Day

If you have time before your wedding day, your options are endless. You’ll have time for plastic surgery or cosmetic treatments, without worry about recovery times. Come in as soon as you can. Planning ahead ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to recover before your final dress fitting. Come see us as soon as you get engaged. These surgical procedures are top picks for brides-to-be.

Many brides want to drop a few pounds before the wedding. You don’t have to do it alone. We offer medical weight loss to help you drop excess weight and discover your best body. Losing weight is hard, but with our help you’ll have the support, and medical advice, you need to finally achieve your goal.

Six Weeks or Less Before Your Wedding

If you have a month or two, but not a lot of time before your wedding day, come see us. You still have time to improve your appearance before you say, “I do”. When you’re short on time, minimally invasive treatments work best as they don’t require lots of downtime or recovery.

  • Botox- Smooth lines and wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, or between the brows with Botox. This treatment relaxes the muscles that cause many common wrinkles. Results are very natural looking when the treatment is performed by a skilled injector like Dr. Mussat. Botox results appear in just a few days, but come in a bit sooner to ensure any redness is gone before your wedding. Since results last 3-4 months you can come in early and still look great.
  • Dermal Fillers- Restore a youthful appearance to your skin with dermal fillers. These injectable fillers can smooth lines and wrinkles and restore fullness and volume to the skin. They can even enhance the lips and perfect your pout. Results are instantaneous with many fillers, but come in at least a few weeks before your wedding. Redness, bruising, and swelling may occur right after treatment and can last for a few days.
  • Chemical Peel- Every bride deserves gorgeous, glowing skin. Get yours with a chemical peel. A light, superficial peel can be performed a few weeks before your wedding to remove dead skin cells and brighten dull skin. Deeper peels provide even more dramatic results and remove hyperpigmentation, but will need a recovery period, so plan ahead.

As you count down toward your big day, come see Dr. Mussat. When all eyes are on you, you need to look your best.