Also called Botulism Toxin Type A : is the most studied botulism toxin & one of the most widely medicines in the world. It is used to treat frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella) and crows feet (corners of eyes).
The common expressive furrows between brows eventually become stubborn lines with age. These are “Dynamic” lines that progress – but they can be treated & stalled with BOTOX; we are talking about lines that are visible even when your facial muscles are at rest. For the most part we are talking about age lines in your forehead and/or around the eyes…
BOTOX is typically injected into the targeted facial muscles in tiny doses. BOTOX paralyzes the target muscles allowing them to relax and allow the wrinkles to dissipate. BOTOX is the only product of its kind approved for use in this area (subject matter).
Side effects of BOTOX injections are rare, but, occasionally an eyelid “droop” may occur. Localized temporary pain (at injection site) is not uncommon and minimal localized bruising occurs occasionally. IF bruising does occur it will generally resolve itself within 2-3- days at the maximum. This treatment is not recommended for patients with neuromuscular diseases.
No anesthesia is required for these injections but occasionally a cold / ice pack can be used to numb the area. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes, AND the is NO downtime afterward. Even after these wrinkles are reduced the patient should still be able to (example) frown / smile / and look surprised…
What is Botox? Botox injections are a diluted form of synthetic botulism which is injected into facial muscles to paralyze or weaken the muscles that form wrinkles. Last year, the procedure was performed in the United States more than 1.6 million times, a 46 percent increase since 2000 and a 2,356 percent increase since 1997. The History of Botox Botulinum toxins were first researched in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders. Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders (blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus, crossed eyes). In 2000, it was approved to treat cervical dystonia (a disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions). As an unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that Botox softened the frown lines between the eyebrow. FDA Approval In April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox reduced the severity of frown lines for up to 120 days and approved the drug. It is under review for approval to treat brow furrow, migraine headache, chronic tension headache, upper limb spasticity, juvenile cerebral palsy, and hyperhidrosis. Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed. In the year 2003 there were 2,272,080 botox injections performed. What kind of wrinkles do Botox injections treat? Wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction, such as frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead creases, and neck bands can be safely and successfully treated with Botox.
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