This month Allergan announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) “for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults.” Prior to this, Botox was only approved for the areas around the eyes and glabella, wrinkles commonly known as crow’s feet and “elevens.”
Forehead lines are a “top area of concern” for patients, said David Nicholson, Allergan’s chief research and development officer. This is because, like laugh lines, forehead wrinkles are very aging. Eliminating or modifying them can take years off a patient’s face as we are all well aware. People have been relying on Botox to look younger since 2002. In fact, more than seven million Americans get Botox injections every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How Does Botox Work?
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is derived from bacteria, but is a purified product. When it’s injected into an area, it serves to block the nerve signals to the muscles there, rendering them incapable of contracting. Since they cannot contract, they can’t form wrinkles.
Botox is a safe and pain-free procedure when performed by a professional. It’s also a quick one; it can be done during a lunch break and does not require anesthesia, so patients can continue with their daily schedules afterward. Botox is both temporary, typically lasting between three and four months, and affordable. All of these factors work to make it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently being performed.
Who Performs Botox?
Botox is a medical procedure, which is why it needed to be approved by the FDA. In order to ensure safety and best results, it must be performed by a medical professional in a clinic setting.
At Bancroft Feldman, Dr. Bancroft, Dr. Feldman or our nurse injector, administer Botox injections. When you come for your Botox appointment, be sure to discuss what look you would like from your procedure so that we can tailor the injections for best effect.
Do Your Forehead Lines Make You Look Older?
If you’ve been wanting to address your own forehead lines, there’s no better time than now to schedule an appointment with our nurse injector for a Botox treatment. While we all know Botox works, you’ll be surprised at the difference a few injections can make in your face. Call today to turn back the clock on your skin!