Botulinum Toxin, commonly known as Botox® or Dysport®, can be called the cautious woman’s (or man’s) facelift. Like other drugs that are now common household names, the effects of this neurotoxin were discovered by accident. Botulinum toxin was first used in the late 60s as a treatment for crossed eyes. Although the treatment worked well, patients kept coming back for more when they noticed it erased facial lines. The rest is history. At present, Botulinum toxin, which does everything except sail ships, addresses new medical conditions almost every day, including sweating, chronic migraine, teeth grinding, muscle spasms, cerebral palsy, urinary incontinence and cervical dystonia.
These medical uses are impressive but what’s put botuinum toxin on the map is a stubborn human condition: aging. Botulinum toxin injections have ranked as our nation’s top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure since 2000, providing almost instant wrinkle erasure with no downtime at costs that may make you flinch but, for many, are not out of reach.
It seems like everyone’s getting it, including your mother, and even your daughter. While most people who get injections are older than 35, doctors say that this anti-aging treatment is becoming more popular among men and women in their 20s to prevent wrinkles from forming.