5 Little Known Facts About BOTOX Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an undoubtedly popular cosmetic treatment! Despite its ubiquity, many people would be surprised to learn key facts about this minimally invasive injectable treatment. At our Houston practice, Dr. Michel Siegel and our team are dedicated to helping educate patients while enhancing their features. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of five little known facts about BOTOX®.
1. It can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions.
BOTOX® is best known for its ability to smoothen wrinkles and rejuvenate patient’s’ skin, but it can do much more than that. It’s actually been used in medicine for nearly a century. The active ingredient in BOTOX®, botulinum toxin, prevents muscles from contracting, which can be useful in remedying many medical issues. BOTOX® can help ease chronic headaches, alleviate symptoms of cerebral palsy, help with cervical dystonia (in which the neck muscles contract abnormally), prevent excessive sweating, diminish urinary incontinence, and even relieve chronic migraines!
2. Canadian doctors discovered its cosmetic use by accident.
As mentioned above, BOTOX® was used in other fields of medicine before it became a commonplace cosmetic treatment. According to Katherine Ashenburg’s Reader’s Digest piece, “The Birth of Botox,” the discovery of BOTOX® as an anti-wrinkle agent was an accident. Vancouver dermatologists, Dr. Jean and Alastair Carruthers, used botulinum toxin to treat blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitches and blinking). In 1987, a conversation with a patient changed everything for the husband-wife medical team: “One day, by Jean’s account, one of her blepharospasm patients became irate that her forehead was not being injected. ‘But your forehead isn’t spasming,’ Jean responded, and asked why she cared. ‘Because when you inject my forehead,’ the patient said, ‘my wrinkles go away.’” The Carruthers soon began trying out botulinum toxin on their own facial lines and testing it on patients. Ultimately, they conducted clinical trials and published a paper on their findings, introducing BOTOX® as we now know it to the world!
3. It can cause sagging and wrinkles if improperly injected.
As mentioned above, BOTOX® paralyzes the facial muscles where injected so that wrinkles cannot form. However, if improperly placed, the surrounding tissue may attempt to compensate for the treated tissue, actually worsening wrinkles. As a plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures, Dr. Siegel has extensive expertise in facial anatomy and understands how to administer BOTOX® for beautiful, subtle results.
4. Undergoing BOTOX® is typically very safe.
Some patients believe that BOTOX® is an unsafe procedure because its active ingredient is a “toxin.” However, BOTOX® uses a very low dose of this purified protein and has an excellent track record for safety. According to LiveScience, a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology illustrated: “[BOTOX and other nonsurgical] cosmetic procedures can cause minor side effects…but these occur in less than one percent of cases.” You can lower your risks for complications even further by working with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Siegel!
5. You can pair BOTOX® with other cosmetic treatments.
While BOTOX® works very well as a standalone procedure, it can also be combined with other treatments for excellent outcomes. Dr. Siegel can perform BOTOX® in conjunction with facial dermal fillers or even as a complement to plastic surgery such as a face lift. He can discuss your options with you at your initial consultation.
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Dr. Siegel and our team regularly revitalize patients’ faces with BOTOX®. Contact our Houston plastic surgery practice today to find out more about this treatment or schedule a consultation!