Botox: A New Wonder Drug?

Botox Cosmetic (a trade name coined by Allergan and generally known as botulinum toxin in the research community), has been the subject of research since the 1800s. In the early 1980s botulinum toxin’s use as a muscle relaxant was put to good use for improving eye alignment (strabismus) relieving eyelid muscle spasms (blepharospasms), shoulder spasms, facial spasms, and vocal cord spasms.

While research continued to move forward in the ’90s with uses such as reducing excessive sweating, bladder spasms, and writer’s cramp, another observation was made: patients being treated for eyelid muscle spasms lost their crow’s feet. You might say the rest is history, except it’s not, quite.

You may have seen a blog I wrote a few months ago called “Turn that Frown Upside Down.” Well, it appears all this time we thought bad moods cause frowning (and they probably do). However, it turns out that it’s likely two-way street – the act of frowning may cause mood reduction. By stopping the frown, mood may be elevated. As I said before, more research is needed, but I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that Botox is kind of miraculous in a lot of unexpected ways.

Progress has continued and in the year 2002, Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA and Allergan’s sales reached the hundreds of millions. So love it or hate it, it’s here to stay.

I personally love it, and so do my patients. As use has increased the price has dropped, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the cost of this effective wrinkle fighter. And trust me, no one will miss that frown. So give us a call and get the wrinkle reduction started. We’re ready and waiting!

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