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Botox CosmeticWhat is BOTOX® Cosmetic

The history of BOTOX Cosmetic™

Achieve the Best Vision of you with BOTOX® Cosmetic

Achieve the Best Vision of you with less Sweating


What is BOTOX® Cosmetic

"BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments" are a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). BOTOX® Cosmetic is a drug used for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines). These frown lines come from muscles called corrugator and/or procerus muscles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injection treatments were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic use in April 2002. (It has been approved for the treatment of several medical conditions since 1989.)

Patients happy with their Botox® TreatmentBOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are successfully used to treat blepharospasm and strabismus, and are also proven useful in treating cervical dystonia -- these are all conditions that in some way involve spasms, involuntary muscle contractions. Within a few hours to a couple of days after the botulinum toxin is injected into the affected muscle(s), the spasms or contractions are reduced or eliminated altogether. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are not permanent, reportedly lasting anywhere from three to eight months. By injecting the toxin directly into a certain muscle or muscle group, the risk of the BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments spreading to other areas of the body is greatly diminished.

When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the muscles surrounding the eyes, for instance, those muscles can not "scrunch up" for a period of time. They are relaxed. So the wrinkles in that area, often referred to as "crow's-feet," temporarily go away.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein which has the ability to very precisely relax the muscles to which it is applied. This relaxation lasts for a number of months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition.

Effects from BOTOX® Cosmetic are not immediate and it can take up to two weeks to see the effects. For stubborn or deep wrinkles an additional treatment may need to be performed. In most cases the treatment last for 3 to 6 months, and continued use can prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Botox should not be used on patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurologic disease.
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The history of BOTOX Cosmetic™

Although relatively new in the cosmetic industry, in the 70s ophthalmologists began injecting botulium toxin into tiny eye muscles to treat "lazy eye". In the 80s, the drug was used to correct other facial, eyelid and limb diseases such as tremors and spasms. It was during a procedure in the late 1980s that the cosmetic benefit was first noticed. A patient was injected for eye spasms and it became apparent that their frown lines had notably diminished. The cosmetic use of Botox was researched and published in the early 1990s.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic can help you to control your facial expressions so that you don't look angry or worried when you aren't. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can help to prevent the unintended display of negative feelings, and in this way help some people to express themselves more accurately.

If dynamic wrinkles  (related only to the movement of underlying muscle) are starting to make you look older or more "negative", BOTOX® Cosmetic can help restore the rested, confident appearance you desire.

BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments also provide a safe, non-surgical alternative for the reduction of laugh lines, neck folds, and chin creases.

A common use for BOTOX® Cosmetic is to reduce (often by 70-80%) the really deep furrows and lines that many people have between their eyebrows. These lines can make people look quite angry or concerned, even when they are happy. Crow's feet around the eyes can also add years to your appearance, and make you look like you are squinting much of the time. Crow's feet usually improve nicely when the muscles which cause the crow's feet are treated with a bit of BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Not all facial wrinkles are related only to the activity of underlying muscles. These deep creases and skin folds (also known as "static wrinkles") are the ones that can still be seen when the skin is lightly stretched with your fingers. "Static wrinkles" are made worse by sun exposure, by the natural maturing process, and in particular by smoking. Many "static wrinkles" result from a combination of muscle activity and aging, and can be greatly improved when BOTOX® Cosmetic (to relax the underlying muscles) is used in combination with filling substances like  Restylane.

However, Botox cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin since they are unrelated to facial muscle contractions. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for a facelift or brow lift.

Possible complications are Pain, tenderness, bruising, and temporary drooping.

Effects from BOTOX® Cosmetic are not immediate and it can take up to two weeks to see the effects. For stubborn or deep wrinkles an additional treatment may need to be performed. In most cases the treatment last for 3 to 6 months, and continued use can prevent new wrinkles from forming.
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Achieve the Best Vision of you with Less Sweating

Individuals troubled by excessive sweating often do not respond adequately to antiperspirants, and they may not respond to (or be willing to tolerate) systemic medications, electrical treatments on the areas of excessive sweating, permanent destruction of the nerves which control sweating, or surgery (in the armpits) to either scrape away the sweat glands or to cut out the areas of excessive sweating.

BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, by contrast with the above, is a simple office procedure with little discomfort or risk; and can be much less expensive than surgery. Some people will only want BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment before an important event (for example, a wedding). Others, whose sweating is mainly a problem during hot weather, may have BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment at the start of every summer. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can be safely continued year-round if necessary to maintain control of your sweating.
Both armpits can be treated at the same time.

After BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, excess sweating starts to decrease within a couple of days, and the full effect is reached in a week or two. The goal of BOTOX® Cosmetic is reduction of sweating to a normal level, but not total elimination of sweating to the point where the treated area becomes abnormally dry.
The effect of the BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment for excessive sweating usually lasts for 4-6 months, but in some cases can last for up to a year. Because you continue to sweat normally in other areas, there is no concern about overheating.

BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and effectively for over fifteen years in adults and even in small children to treat many medical conditions where overactive muscles require relaxation. Each year tens of thousands of patients receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments for a variety of medical conditions, and BOTOX® Cosmetic has also become a leading treatment for reversing some of the visible signs of aging by relaxing the muscles which cause many of our wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is also becoming a leading treatment for excessive sweating, and for migraine and tension headaches.  BOTOX® Cosmetic does not affect the nerves responsible for sensation, so there is no numbness in the treated area. Botox should not be used on patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurologic disease.
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