If you’ve ever thought about getting Botox, you’re not alone. An injectable treatment that provides results that last about three months, Botox was first approved by the FDA to treat frown lines back in 2002. In 2013, the FDA gave the treatment approval for treating the crow’s feet, the delicate lines that develop in the corners of the eyes.
But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the injectable. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about it.
What You Didn’t Know About Botox
"Botox" is a Brand
Just as people use "Kleenex" when talking about tissues or "Xerox" when they mean any sort of photocopying machine, people tend to use "Botox" when referring to any sort of injection that contains botulinum toxin and that’s used to treat dynamic wrinkles.
But although it might have been the first brand approved by the FDA for treating wrinkles, it’s not the only option out there. Doctors who offer cosmetic services also often offer competing brands, such as Dysport and Xeomin. Although the three brands are all very similar, there are some subtle differences between each. Your aesthetic surgeon can help you choose the right one for you.
It’s One of the Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments
In recent years, non-surgical treatments have become more popular than aesthetic surgery. And injections of botulinum toxin are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 7 million injects were performed in 2016, a 4 percent increase from the year before.
It Doesn’t Actually Freeze Your Face
One of the most common misconceptions about botulinum toxin injections is that they cause your face to freeze, so you’re completely expressionless and unable to smile. That’s not quite true. The injections work by limiting muscle movements, but only the movements of certain muscles. You’ll still be able to blink and smile. But certain movements will be more limited.
It’s For More Than Just Wrinkles
Botulinum toxin has a lot of uses. For many years before it was approved for wrinkles, the injection was used to treat crossed eyes and a few other eye problems. It can also help reduced migraine headaches and ease underarm sweating. Researchers are continuing to find new ways that the injection can benefit people, including helping to ease depression symptoms and helping to calm an overactive bladder.
You Can Combine It With Other Treatments
People often have more than one type of wrinkle or more than one cosmetic issue. The good news is that you can combine Botox with a variety of other aesthetic treatments, from dermal fillers to Latisse. If you’re getting botulinum injections to fight crow’s feet, getting a prescription for Latisse to help improve your eyelashes makes sense. So does getting a dermal filler to minimize certain lines and wrinkles that Botox doesn’t treat.