Botox® is the purified form of Botulinum toxin Type A, a natural bacteria by-product approved by the US Federal Drug Administration in 1989, and used for
medical purposes ever since. Although Botox® is FDA approved for controlling muscle spasms, the medical community embraced it for its cosmetic properties of temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. Botox® has now clocked years of safe and effective use in thousands of patients and is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world.
Botox® relaxes selected facial muscles leaving the overlaying skin smooth and unwrinkled. The advantage of Botox® is that specific facial areas can be treated and other surrounding facial muscles are left to function as usual, producing normal facial expressions without wrinkles. Common, temporary, side effects that may be
experienced are tenderness or bruising at an injection site and weakness in nearby muscles, such as drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow.
One ten minute treatment – a few tiny injections, up to four per area – gives visible results within seven days and keeps the muscles relaxed for 3 – 6 months.
Clinical studies show the duration of effect increases over time so you may require less frequent injections in future to maintain the result you choose.
The various conditions for which Botox® is used are discussed in more detail below.
• Frown lines on the forehead between the eyes
• Crow’s feet
• Smoker’s lines on upper lip
• Prominent chin creases
• Sagging skin and horizontal age lines on the neck
Treatment is also popular for the Westernization (widening) of eyes and nasolabial lines from nose to outer lip margins.