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Botox: Just the Facts

Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Dr. Babak Dadvand

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
    • Blepharospasm
    • Migraines: FDA approved in 2010

To learn more about Botox and to view before and after pictures visit my website at drdadvandplasticsurgery.com.

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