What is BOTOX™?
Botox™ injections are a purified protein which is injected into facial muscles to paralyze or weaken the muscles that form wrinkles. In 2006, 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(TM) was first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders (blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus-crossed eyes). In 2000, Botox 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(TM) softened the frown lines between the eyebrows.
In April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox(TM) 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. What kind of wrinkles do Botox(TM) 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(TM).
What to expect at your initial visit
- You will be asked to contract the facial muscles (frowning, squinting) that affect the area to be treated. This will help our physicians determine the best location for the Botox(TM) Cosmetic injection.
- All injections at The Spa at Stonecrest are performed by our board certified physicians who have extensive training in Cosmetic procedure including Botox(TM) and facial fillers. Both our physicians are very well trained in aesthetic medicine and do an excellent job helping you achieve a youthful, rested look with Botox(TM) and the other cutting-edge technologies we have to offer at The Spa at Stonecrest.
- The Botox(TM) injection is normally injected directly into the muscle with a tiny needle.
- Results of Botox(TM) injections are normally seen within a few days. The results generally last 3-4 months and require occasional touch ups.
- There is generally no recovery period after a Botox(TM) injection. You can go directly back to your normal activities.
- You will be given a post-procedure information sheet that gives you instructions on what to do after your treatment.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery makes these suggestions:
Ask questions and be informed about the benefits and risks involved with Botox(TM) injections.
Choose a medical setting using sterile techniques. Necessary equipment should be available to respond to any potential problems.
Avoid alcohol and remain upright for several hours following the Botox(TM) procedure.
Safety and Side Effects
Botox(TM) is proven to be safe and effective. Over the past 20 years, Botulinum Toxin Type A has been evaluated in more than 200 studies. There are no documented systemic complications associated with Botox(TM) injections. Botox(TM) has been widely used for more than 11 years with over 1 million people.
One 10-minute treatment--a few tiny injections--and within days there's a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
BOTOX(TM) Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows to form over time.
In 2005, almost 3.3 million procedures were performed with FDA-approved BOTOX(TM) Cosmetic. There's only one BOTOX(TM) Cosmetic.