Botox: Just the Facts
As a plastic surgeon, not only do I specialize in surgery, but I also dedicate my practice to non-surgical procedures. Of these, the most common is Botox injections. In this post I will give you some historical insight into Botox, some statistics, as well as some off-label uses of Botox injections that are commonly performed.
- First used cosmetically in 1989
- FDA approved 2002 for treating glabellar lines: These are the scowl lines we commonly refer to as the “elevens.”
- 2.6 Million Botox treatments/year: The number of Botox treatments has gone up in the last 5 years. This may have to do not only with its increased acceptance as a rejuvenating procedure, but also with the down economy driving people away from big-ticket surgeries and towards more affordable non-surgical procedures.
- Other Uses: Other than the glabellar lines that the FDA approved, Botox is commonly used in the following areas (referred to as off-label uses):
- Forehead Lines
- Crow’s feet
- Upper lip lines
- Bunny lines
- Corner of the mouth
- Lateral brow
- Walnut chin
- Platysmal Bands
- Medical Uses: Aside from cosmetic uses of Botox, there are well reported medical benefits of the product:
- Hyperhidrosis: Underarms and Palms
- Jaw Clenching
- Cervical dystonia
- Migraines: FDA approved in 2010
To learn more about Botox and to view before and after pictures visit my website at www.drdadvandplasticsurgery.com.