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BOTOX Cosmetic® is widely used as a cosmetic enhancement to temporarily reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the face, banish neck bands, and clear away crow's feet. BOTOX® was approved by the FDA for non-cosmetic use in 1989 and approved for cosmetic use in 2002. It has treated millions of patients worldwide in the past decade.

Botox Facts
  • Botox is the most popular aesthetic procedure (source ASAPS)
  • Diminishes the appearance of glabellar lines and wrinkles
  • Also used for hyperhidrosis, TMJ, migraines & more

The earliest form of BOTOX® was used in the 1960's as an investigational drug for treating crossed eyes, a condition caused by uncontrollable muscle spasms behind the eye. BOTOX has found use in non-cosmetic applications and is FDA approved to treat cervicaldystonia and hyperhidrosis.

The brand name BOTOX® is short for botulinumtoxin A. Botulinum toxin A is a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which causes the form of food poisoning we know as botulism. In some severe cases, the food poisoning version of botulism can be fatal if the individual is paralyzed by the botulism toxins. These toxins bind to nerve endings and prevent muscles from contracting by blocking release of acetylcholine, which causes muscle contractions, from the nerve. This is basically how Botox works, but within much smaller and safer parameters. Non-cosmetic Botox is often used to cease involuntary muscle spasms.

How does BOTOX work?
When BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into facial lines, those muscles are paralyzed, making the wrinkles less visible. Results last for three to eight months and are visible a short while (usually just a few days) after the BOTOX is injected into the affected area. New uses for BOTOX® are being currently being studied, including treatment of head and neck tremors,hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), migraine headaches, facial spasms, TMJ, and writer's cramp.

It is crucial to recognize that the effects of your BOTOX Cosmetic treatment are not a cure and are not permanent. You may require further treatments to achieve the effect you desire.

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