With the FDA-approval of the revolutionary drug, BOTOX, in 2002, the cosmetic dermatology industry changed forever. BOTOX softens or eliminates the most common signs of premature aging: wrinkles, lines, furrows between the eyebrows and crow’s feet crinkles, at the corner of your eyes.
From 2012, the stats are in. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million procedures were performed in 2012; an increase of 5%. But 6.1 million of those procedures were from BOTOX; an increase of 8%. With an increase of 5% for the derma fillers, 4% for laser hair removal and 2% for chemical peels, a full 13 million of the total 14.6 million were for the minimally invasive treatments.
Breast enlargement (still the most popular of all surgeries, although declining in numbers), facelifts, tummy tucks, nose jobs and other surgical procedures comprised the remaining numbers.
In addition to erasing some of the most prevalent lines and wrinkles, BOTOX is still one of the most affordable, pain-free and with the fewest side effects of all the latest and greatest beauty treatments. And, depending upon the individual, the results may last up to four or five months.
If you live near or are visiting the area, BOTOX in Los Angeles and BOTOX in Beverly Hills remain among the most conveniently located and most customer-oriented BOTOX capitals in the country.
BOTOX Cosmetic is best known for its major contribution to the beauty industry. But, according to its manufacturer, Allergan, the medical uses of the drug, may, eventually, outweigh the cosmetic.
Today, medical BOTOX is used in the treatment of migraine headaches, excessive sweating, incontinence, chewing and swallowing problems, “gummy” smile, some muscle spasms and, most recently, is being studied for relief in teeth-clenching. Allergan currently has over 90 patents either owned or pending.