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Everything you always wanted to know about Botox, but were afraid to ask… (Part I) – Botox Sugar Land

Botox Sugar Land

Botox is a purified protein that is derived from the toxin that causes botulism.  This is a scary statement to start off this series of posts with, but when you learn more about Botox you will realize that it is nothing to be scared of.

Since its introduction as a cosmetic treatment in 2002, Botox has been one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures with approximately 11.8 million treatments performed in the United States alone.  In fact, Botox has been the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures for the last seven years in a row.

Botox injections are a very common procedure in my practice.  Some of the most common questions I am asked by my patients when they first come inquire about treatment are “What is Botox?”, “What is Botox best used for?”, “Is it dangerous?”, and “Is Botox right for me?”

The medication that is commonly referred to as “Botox” is the purified version of a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum (botulinum toxin).    The toxin works by blocking the chemical signal from nerves to the muscles that are supplied by them.  Scientists first began working on using the toxin in a therapeutic fashion in the 1960s.  It was not until the 1980s that the process for manufacturing the toxin had been perfected.  Ophthamologists were the first doctors to find a patient population to treat with the new medication.  These patients suffered from spasms in the muscles that move the eyeball and/or the eyelid.  The treatments were performed by injecting very small doses of the toxin into the muscle that was involved with the spasm.  The FDA approved these medical treatments in 1989, but it was not until 2002 that the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic treatments.

FDA approval for the use of Botox for cosmetic patients is limited to the treatment of the vertical wrinkles that people get in between their eyebrows (the glabellar area).  Treatment of this area involves approximately five injections into three different muscles.  Injecting Botox into the procerus muscle (between the eyebrows) and the left and the right corrugator muscles (above the eyebrows) prevents those muscles from bringing the eyebrows together in a scowl leading to a softening of the lines in between the eyebrows.

Next time I will discuss other “off label” uses of Botox…

If you have any questions or would like to see if Botox is right for you visit my website www.signatureplasticsurgery.com or call 281-616-8800 to schedule a free consultation.

Until then, for more information about Botox you can go to www.botoxcosmetic.com where you can get information directly from Allergan – the manufacturer of Botox.