Either you, or someone you know, have used Botox to erase facial wrinkles or lines. It was ten years ago that the FDA approved the use of Botox Cosmetic for use in reducing wrinkles, but Botox has been on the market for a lot longer. How is it that this “dangerous poison” has become the biggest cosmetic product in use today?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) has been around for centuries and it was first discovered as a food poison in sausage meat. Doctors in the early 1800’s thought there might be some benefits of the new substance and many experiments were conducted over the years to see if it could help cure different medical conditions. But, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the wrinkle removing properties of the medication was discovered.
Around 1987, research on Botox indicated that small doses of a purified botulinum toxin type A could relax muscles temporarily and a Canadian doctor, Jean Carruthers, treated a patient with Botox to help cure blepharospasm (excessive blinking of the eyes). Dr. Carruthers injected the Botox into the nerves controlling her patient’s eyelids to stop the manic fluttering. The female patient was thrilled with the results and kept returning for more injections even though the condition was under control. The patient found that every time she received a Botox injection, the wrinkles between her brows virtually disappeared, leaving her looking younger and more relaxed.
After Dr. Carruthers and her husband (a dermatologist) wrote a paper about their wonderful finding that Botox erases wrinkles, Allergan purchased the rights to market the product and the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use in 2002. Today, Botox is a well-known brand name and over 4.6 million Americans are treated with the product each year. The product does carry some risk, however, it has a better risk-to-benefit ratio than the majority of cosmetic procedures on the market. Serious complications are possible, but when administered by a well-qualified medical practitioner in an accredited medical facility, the chance of a serious reaction occurring is extremely rare.
According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board certified, facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, Botox treatments are one of the procedures we do that result in high patient satisfaction in a very short period of time. Other treatments such as facelifts or laser treatments, take longer to show their effects, but within a few days after the injection of Botox patients look more refreshed and natural. Dr. Dominic says ‘we are careful to administer Botox in small doses to specific muscles that contribute most to the formation of wrinkles.’ Our patients get great feedback from their friends and family who tell them they look not only younger but happier and more alert. This is because wrinkles and sagging skin can make someone look like they are scowling or tired, even when they are not. Botox corrects these issues and keeps working for up to 6 months before another treatment is required.
If you have considered Botox in the past, but were afraid of side-effects or not looking natural, the 10 year success of the product in terms of overall use and safety, should give you ease. Dr. Dominic and his experienced staff at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery are specialists in procedures and treatments to enhance, beautify and rejuvenate the face and neck. Contact us to set an appointment for a complimentary consultation to discuss your whether Botox is right for you.