Botox, the miracle injection that removes crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and facial creases celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since it was introduced, surgeons and dermatologists have seen an unprecedented 518 percent increase in the last 10 years, making it the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S.
Initially, doctors used Botox to treat eye muscle problems, such as overactive eye muscles, severe eye spasms and even crossed eyes. The first use of Botox cosmetically was documented by Dr. Richard Clark of Sacramento and published in medical journals. After formal trials in April 2002, the FDA approved botulinum toxin type A (Botox Cosmetic) for the temporary removal of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
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Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscle. Once injected with Botox, the muscle can’t contract, making the wrinkles relax.
The procedure is so popular because it requires no extended recovery periods or invasive surgery. It literally takes only a few minutes and requires no anesthesia. The only side effect may be the tiny discomfort a patient feels from the thin needle injection into the muscle.
For a patient to receive the full benefits of the injection, it may take three to seven days. Patients should avoid alcohol one week prior to their appointment. Botox patients find the results last anywhere from four to six months. Of course, as the muscle gradually regains its movement, the wrinkles or appearance of wrinkles return.
Done by a certified physician trained in administering Botox, the results speak for themselves. With over $1 billion dollars in sales, the use of Botox as a quick, non-invasive cosmetic treatment shows no signs of diminishing anytime soon.
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