Botulinum Toxin Type A cosmetic injections, or “Botox“, are the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatment pretty much around the world. With more than 3.7 million procedures done in the US last year, according to leading industry group The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics. Most people know the main uses of this popular product: erasing wrinkles around the eyes and brow.
But that’s not all this product can do. With each passing year, it seems, researchers find new ways to use “Botox” botulinum toxin type A cosmetic, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles it’s injected into by blocking nerves from sending signals. Some of these treatments have been clinically proven to produce amazing results. And some … not so much. Read on to learn about BOTOX’s many uses.
The FDA has approved botulinum toxin type A for treatment of some medical conditions, and since it’s introduction it has also been approved for cosmetic use. FDA-approved uses include the common ones most people know about, such as treating vertical “frown lines” between the eyebrows and “crow’s-feet” at the corners of the eyes. A less well-known FDA-approved use is for treating excessive underarm sweating, in which the drug paralyzes overactive glands. It is currently available in Australia under the brand names Botox® and Dysport®.
According to the website of Irvine Botox doctor Dr. Timothy Miller, BOTOX can be used to soften wrinkles around and subtly lift the corners of the mouth and to reduce the appearance of “neck bands.” Bear in mind however that such uses have not been approved by the FDA and not every practitioner may agree with this.
Botulinum Toxin Type A has been approved for a number of medical, or non-cosmetic uses including treating incontinence and excessive migraine headaches. For a more detailed list check out this page.
Do I need “Botox”?
Such an interesting question? Of course it’s a personal thing. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, then we would suggest you have a free consultation with a reputable physician who does injectables. Go armed with your list of questions, pro’s, con’s, frequency, price, how long does it last etc. And be prepared to add it to your regular ‘maintenance program’.