2. The History of Botox
Botulinum toxins were first researched in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders. Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders (blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus, crossed eyes). In 2000, it 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 softened the frown lines between the eyebrow.
3. FDA Approval
In April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox 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.
4. What kind of wrinkles do Botox 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.
Before the procedure : You’ll probably be seated in a reclining chair, much like you find in a dentist’s office. No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
The procedure: Your doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The entire Botox injection procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
After the procedure: There’s no recovery time needed. You’re ready to get on with your day! The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.
Results of Botox Injections: Results are normally seen within a few days. The results generally last 3-4 months and require occasional touchups.
6. Safety and Side Effects Botox
Botox 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? injections. Botox?has been widely used for more than 11 years with over 1 million people.
Do not use Botox if you
- Have an infection where Botox will be injected
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox
- Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
What should I tell my doctor before using Botox?
- Only your doctor can decide if Botox is right for you. Before starting treatment, tell your doctor if you
- Have any diseases that affect your nerves and muscles. These diseases may increase your chance of side effects with Botox treatment.
- Are breastfeeding
- Are planning to become pregnant soon.
Can any of my medicines interact with Botox?
Be sure that your doctor knows the names of all the medicines you are using, including
- Antibiotics used to treat infections, such as gentamicin, tobramycin, clindamycin, and lincomycin
- Medicines used to treat heart rhythm problems, such as quinidine
- Medicines used to treat different conditions, such as myasthenia gravis or Alzheimer’s disease.
This is not a complete list of medicines that can interact with Botox. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the Professional Package Insert for complete information.
7. Before and After Photos