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Botox Cosmetic

A million people have been treated with Botox Cosmetic since its FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval in 2002.  It is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that has been proven to be effective.

Botox Cosmetic can be used to smooth wrinkles in the neck and face to create a more youthful look.  Removing wrinkles from between the eyes can dramatically change a person's look from one of anger or sadness to one of contentment and rested-ness.  It is also frequently used on the thin wrinkles that surround the eyes (often called "crows feet") and the mouth, but can also be used in other areas, such as along the chin and jaw.

Botox Cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason.  In many cases, Botox Cosmetic has become a very effective method for reducing wrinkles.

Botox Cosmetic treatments are becoming


increasingly popular, and with good.  In many cases, Botox Cosmetic has become a very effective method for reducing wrinkles.

   How did Botox Cosmetic come about?

Botox was first approved in 1989 to treat two eye muscle disorders - uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm) and misaligned eyes (strabismus).  In 2000, the toxin was approved to treat a neurological movement disorder that causes sever neck and shoulder contraction, known as cervical dystonia.  An unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that Botox softened the vertical frown (glabellar) lines between the eyebrows.  But until this improvement was actually demonstrated in clinical studies, Allergan Inc., of Irvine, California, was prohibited from making this claim for the product.

By April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox reduced the severity of frown lines.  The agency then granted approval to use the drug for this condition.

Botox injections are the fasted-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  In 2001, more than 1.6 million people received injections, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year.

   How does Botox Cosmetic work?
Botox Cosmetic is made of botulinum toxin type A, a purified protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  This solution works by temporarily paralyzing nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those muscles in the area being treated.  With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out, and the moderate to server frown lines between the brows begin to fade.           
    What causes frown lines?
The lines that appear between the brows acutually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.  Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows.  When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together.  As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those lines that form.
     The Injection Process
  • Botox Cosmetic treatments can be performed in the doctor's office.
  • The doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining the patient's ability to move certain muscles.  The location, size, and use of the muscles that create the wrinkles vary among individuals. The doctor will administer several tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic directly into the muscle that cause that moderate to severe wrinkles. No anesthesia is required, although the doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting.  (Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.)  Depending on the number of Botox Cosmetic injections needed, the treatment may take 10 to 30 minutes.  Patient's can usually return to work or home immediately after the procedure.




How long before I see results of Botox Cosmetic and how long does Botox Cosmetic last?
Although results may vary, the results of Botox Cosmetic treatments are generally visible within 3 to 5 days.  The results of an individual treatment last for about three months.  The procedure may be repeated and with each new treatment the results tend to last longer.
If you are looking for a product to do away with those stubborn wrinkles in the neck or face, be sure to talk to your doctor at Collom & Carney Eye Institute about Botox Cosmetic.

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