In the 1960s, Botulinum toxin A was used to treat crossed eyes, as it helped to reduce the muscle spasms behind the eyes responsible for the condition. Eventually, dermatologists began to see the substance as something that could revolutionize cosmetic procedures, possibly putting an end to invasive operations or harsh chemical peels.
Now commonly known as Botox, the Allergan-produced cosmeceutical is a household name. In fact, American Health and Beauty recently reported that Botox injections were named the Reader's Choice top injectable or filler.
This is despite the arrival of rival products Xeomin and Dysport, which are now on the market.
Botox differs from fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane because it targets the muscle movement from which wrinkles and fine lines stem. By contrast, the fillers simply plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of the signs of aging. These and injectables like Botox give noticeable results without the use of a scalpel, but individuals should consider the differences between the two before deciding which is more appropriate.
"People who are interested in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments like Botox or fillers don't really understand that they treat different things. Botox stops active expression lines, such as in the forehead, between the brows or crow's feet. Facial fillers are used to volumize and plump up areas of the skin or lips," said Texas plastic surgeon Haresh Yalamanchili.
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing wrinkle-inducing muscles for a smoother look. Dermatologists and healthcare providers report that the best results are typically seen when Botox injections are applied to the eyebrows, forehead and crow's feet, which develop at the corners of the eyes.
While it's a tried-and-true technique for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation, Botox injections have also been shown to help treat migraine headaches, excessive sweating and temporomandibular joint disorder, which is inflammation in the jaw.
Botox injections have been shown to be safe and effective, but that doesn’t mean that an individual doesn't need to do research on the product as well as medical facilities before undergoing the procedure.
It's important to have an open discussion with a healthcare provide to determine whether the treatment is appropriate for you. Additionally, this talk will help you have realistic expectation of the outcome of Botox injections.
There have been reports in the news lately about Botox parties, during which some people have received an unhygienic or inappropriately. As such, it's important to seek out an experienced, accredited professional.