In 1989, Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat eye muscle problems like blepharospasm. FDA later, in 2002, approved Botox for cosmetic treatment for moderate or several frown lines between the eyebrows. The FDA approved it in 2013 for treating crow’s feet which refers to wrinkles around the corners of the eyes. Botox is a drug that doctors have used for years now to treat facial creases and wrinkles. It is a wrinkle muscle relaxer that is injectable. Botox is a brand name for a toxin made by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium. This procedure uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA. The toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscle, reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face. There are other brands like Dysport and Xeomin; however, since it was the first botulinum toxin, it is the term often used.
Botox treatment is among the top non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the US. 2016 alone saw almost 5 million Botox procedures to fight wrinkles. In the same year, a clinical study revealed that it was minimally invasive, safe, simple, and very effective in reducing forehead wrinkles. Other than forehead wrinkles, it can also be used for wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
How do you prepare for Botox?
What do you need to do in preparation for Botox? Botox in Torrance involves very little preparation because it is an in-office, non-surgical treatment.
- Before your Botox, a patient must let the treatment provider, a licensed physician, nurse, or physician assistant, know a patient's allergies, medical history, and any conditions.
- If you are wearing any makeup, you might need to remove it before the procedure and cleanse the area you want to be treated.
- We would like as much as possible to avoid bruising from the procedure; therefore, a patient is advised to avoid medications like aspirin which are blood-thinning.
Areas that can be treated with Botox.
Botox is an injectable cosmetic procedure that can be used in the following areas;
- To treat severe or moderate frown lines, you can use Botox on the glabellar region, the area between the eyebrows.
- You can also use Botox around the eyes, known as crow’s feet lines.
Other than cosmetic treatments to reduce facial wrinkles, Botox was approved by the FDA to treat other medical problems like an overactive bladder, chronic migraines, lower limb spasticity, excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis), blepharospasm which refers to uncontrollable blinking, eyes pointing in different directions scientifically referred to as strabismus and a neurological disorder, cervical dystonia which causes severe shoulder and neck muscle spasms.
Who are not eligible for Botox?
It is essential to consult a doctor before using Botox because it doesn’t work on all wrinkles. People with neurological diseases, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should not use Botox. Botox shots are also not advisable for people with a cow’s milk protein allergy.
South Bay Med Spa offers professional Botox injections to its clients with a guarantee of effective and satisfactory results.