Botox injections have been around for decades, but its extensive history may surprise individuals outside of the medical community. The drug was initially generated as a treatment for muscle spasms and was not cleared for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration until April 2002. Since then, Botox treatments have become the leading minimally-invasive procedure in the world. In 2015 alone, 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed – up 1 percent since 2014 and 759 percent since 2000.
Botox™ is made from botulinum toxin A and administered via injection to fight crow’s feet, glabella lines, smoker lines, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles and more. It works by blocking nerves to minimize the muscle repetition that leads to skin creasing and folding over time. If you’re suffering through the signs of aging, consider the leading benefits of Botox injections:
Cosmetically, the primary advantage of Botox injections revolve around wrinkle reduction. Patients usually notice their smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as 72 hours. Maximum results appear about two weeks after your appointment and last anywhere between three and four months. After your first Botox appointment, results may wear off sooner since repeated injections provide gradual muscle relaxation. The process is relatively painless, aside from a slight prick. Side effects include minimal redness, swelling or bruising.
Because Botox injections help minimize facial movement, periodical treatments on the face can prevent new or intensified wrinkles from forming later in life. Many 20-somethings undergo what is called preventative Botox to slow the development of deep wrinkles and make future treatments more effective.
Botox is also FDA-approved for migraine relief. Tension and strain are two major factors that contribute to migraine headaches. When used on the forehead, neck and shoulder regions, Botox injections effectively diminishes muscle tension and releases stress from the nervous system.
Botox injections also reduce sweat production by inhibiting acetycholine, the chemical behind perspiration. In a hot climate like Miami, excessive sweating is common but nonetheless embarrassing. Some patients opt for Botox in their underarms to reduce pit stains.
Research shows that Botox injections can also help minimize pain caused by arthritis and painful spasms due to Dystonia. Botox helps paralyze the muscles that otherwise bear throbbing aches and pains.
New uses for Botox are being discovered periodically, but the undeniable cosmetic benefits make it a popular treatment for patients across generations.
Dr. Mariano Busso offers Botox in Miami to help his patients enhance their appearance and regain lost self-confidence. To learn more or book an appointment, contact our office at 305-857-0144.
Botox is a black box drug, which is an FDA warning against at-home or non-professional Botox injections. Never purchase off-brand Botox from online retailers and attempt to inject yourself or others. Consult with certified physicians and dermatologists to receive Botox in a sterile environment only.