Botox is an FDA approved medication that works by relaxing the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Botox is frequently used for reducing fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth. There are several other places that Botox can also be placed to enhance aesthetic appearance. Although not a permanent solution for wrinkles, Botox usually lasts from 3 to 4 months and can produce results that can be seen in as little as a few days.
History of Botox Injections
Botox has been used safely by physicians for over 20 years to treat patients with certain medical conditions such as eye spasms, central nervous system disorders and excessive muscle contractions. The more recent use of Botox to reduce wrinkles was discovered almost by accident. A dermatologist in Vancouver began using Botox to treat signs of aging in 1986 after his wife, an ophthalmologist, observed that her patients who were treated for eye spasms commented that the botulinum toxin had also improved the wrinkles between their eyebrows.