For over 15 years, Botox has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for frown lines and crow’s feet. Now it has been approved for treating wrinkles on the forehead, according to a spokesperson from parent company Allergan.
According to MD Magazine, Botox is the only product in its category that has received FDA approval to treat more than glabellar lines, also known as frown lines between the eyebrows. With more than 6 million treatments administered each year, Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure, according to Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, of Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics in Spokane, Washington.
“In addition to cosmetic applications, the neurotoxin is also used to treat pain, headaches and other medical conditions,” he said.
What Is Botox?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is made from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Although its most popular use is in the cosmetic industry, it’s also used to treat more than 20 different medical conditions. More uses are under investigation as the potential continues to expand for this unexpectedly helpful neurotoxin, Collins said.
“At the most basic level, it works by blocking the signal between your brain and your body that moves your muscles,” he said. “The muscle that receives the injection stop contracting, which in turn allows the wrinkles to relax and even aids in preventing new ones from developing.”
What Is Botox Used For?
Right now Botox has been approved for use in eyelid spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, crossed eyes, post-stroke limb problems, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, hemifacial spasms, frown lines, crow’s feet, and now wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead.
Some doctors currently use the neurotoxin for other applications such as achalasia, anal fissures, anismus, overproduction of saliva, hepatopancreatic dysfunction, cerebral palsy, oromandibular dystonia, laryngeal dystonia and TMJ disorders.
“It’s actually very interesting how some of these uses were discovered,” said Collins. “For instance, with headaches, patients who came in to treat wrinkles that had preexisting headache or migraine problems found that the injections actually brought them relief.”
Is Botox Safe?
Although words like “bacterium” and “toxin” sound scary, when applied by a trained professional, Botox is perfectly safe, Collins said.
In a study done in 2005 by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, only 36 serious adverse reactions were reported to the FDA from the years 1989 to 2003. Thirteen of the patients who had adverse effects also had underlying medical conditions that could have caused them.
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