Botox, a temporary wrinkle reducer, is one of the most popular medspa treatments at Blu Cocoon. You may know many people who use it but do you know much about it? We wanted to share with you some fun facts about the treatment that has turned millions of frowns upside down.
The “official” definition of Botox, as stated by the manufacturer Allergan, is:
“BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows and moderate to severe crow’s feet lines in adults.”
Botulinum toxins were first used in the 1960s to treat neurological disorders such as uncontrollable blinking of the eye, spasms of the upper eyelid, and crossed eyes. Doctors had an “aha!” moment and noticed a side effect – softening of forehead frown lines. Fast forward a few decades (and what we are sure included tons of research and clinical trials) and Botox Cosmetic is born!
- Botox for cosmetic use was FDA approved in April 2002 to treat frown lines.
- Botox was FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis (sever underarm sweating) in July 2004.
- Botox is also FDA approved to treat migraines.
Last year, in 2013, over 6.3 million* people had Botox or Dysport injections! And Botox is not just for your mom:
- 1.1 million people who had a Botox treatment last year were between ages 30-39
- 3.6 million people were between the ages of 40-54
- 1.4 million people were 55 and over
What else can we tell you about Botox?
- A treatment takes about 30 minutes
- Onset may take up to a week; 82% of people see improvement within a week of treatment
- Botox lasts an average of 4 months
- Most people report minimal discomfort during the injections
- Yes, you can still make facial expressions. Blu Cocoon’s clinicians are experts in administering Botox and know just how to soften frown lines without freezing the face.
Interested in a Botox treatment in San Jose at Blu Cocoon? Request an appointment online or call us at 408.295.2580.
* Botox stats from American Society of Plastic Surgeons “2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report”