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It has been 25 years since Botox was first approved to treat two rare eye muscle disorders in 1989. Since then, it has been approved for a variety of medical and cosmetic uses including its most widely know use as a wrinkle reducer. Botox (also known as “onabotulinumtoxinA”) is made from one of seven strains of botulinum toxin. When administered intramuscularly or intradermally it produces a temporary reduction in muscle or gland activity. Botox was approved to treat frown lines between the eyebrows in 2002. It was the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA for this purpose and since then has been administered to about 11.8 million people. The reason for its popularity is that there is no surgery, no recovery time, and it produces great results.
After years of muscle contraction between the eyebrows that come from natural facial movements lines often begin to form, sometimes called the “11s.” The nerve impulses that cause these lines to form are blocked when Botox is injected into the muscle. The procedure usually only takes ten minutes, with small injections being administered to the muscles, and no anesthesia is required. The results of an injection last up to four months and vary depending on the individual. This is why some people set up a regular treatment plan of receiving injections every three to four months. If another injection is not performed the results will fade and frown lines will reappear. It is important that you have the injections done by a trained and expert physician who has done the procedure on many other patients. This will ensure you get the best results and minimize the risk of any complications.
Botox is used to treat excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) in severe cases, although the more recently approved and much more permanent miraDry is proving to be a serious competitor in this treatment area. Medical uses of Botox include treating chronic migraines, cervical dystonia (symptoms include neck and muscle spasms), overactive bladder, blepharospasm (abnormal spasms of the eyelids), and strabismus (crossed eyes).
At Advanced Dermatology we focus on using Botox Cosmetic to reduce the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Our expert board-certified physicians have performed numerous Botox injections and you’ll be in good hands when you book an appointment with us. There are also numerous other injectables and minimally invasive treatments to improve the appearance of your face and reduce signs of aging. To find out if Botox is right for you schedule a consultation today at one of our 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Click here to see a list of office locations and contact us today!