Who is BOTOX® For?
Botox is for people who want to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Treatment areas may include:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose
- Crow's-feet at the corners of the eyes
- Forehead creases
- Thick bands on the neck
Not all facial wrinkles benefit from BOTOX® injections, however. BOTOX® won't reverse wrinkling caused by sun damage. Also, it's less effective treating the lines around your mouth because muscles in this area are needed for eating and talking. Your skin type, skin thickness and degree of wrinkling all play a role in determining whether these injections are effective for you.
Besides a wrinkle treatment, BOTOX® is also used to treat several health conditions, including headaches, backaches, eye muscle problems, muscle spasms and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Also, researchers have found that treating facial scars early on with BOTOX® may improve the appearance of scars long-term. This use for BOTOX® is experimental, however, and hasn't been approved by the FDA.
The History of BOTOX®
BOTOX® was in use in ophthalmology for a number of years to treat crossed-eyed patients or patients with muscle/eye problems. The muscles causing the problem would be injected with BOTOX® and the problem was corrected.