According to BOTOX Cosmetic’s website, almost 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® Cosmetic have sold since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, making it the number-one selling product of its kind in the entire world. The overwhelming popularity of BOTOX® Cosmetic is not at all surprising since it’s trusted by so many physicians. The BOTOX Cosmetic website also reports that:
“the safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.” BOTOX® Cosmetic rejuvenates the skin and gives it a fresh, youthful appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.” http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/FAQ
BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, specifically the parallel lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines on the forehead, and the lines near the eyes that are commonly known as “crow’s feet.” As we repeat the same expressions, say frowning, our facial muscles contract. These repeated contractions leave fine lines and creases on our faces that often develop into lasting wrinkles and folds. BOTOX® Cosmetic interferes with these contractions by blocking the nerve that allows them to occur. In turn, this blocking action minimizes the strength of the contraction, or prevents the contraction from occurring at all. This preventative approach explains how BOTOX® Cosmetic softens and, in many cases, even eliminates creases and wrinkles.
Some physicians have the technique to use BOTOX® Cosmetic in other facial sites to enhance other features. Dr. Michael Law, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Raleigh, writes that BOTOX® Cosmetic:
“can also be administered just below the lateral aspect of the eyebrow to produce a temporary lateral brow lift, which opens up and brightens the eyes. In some instances, BOTOX ® can be used to soften vertical upper and lower lip lines, to reduce muscle bands in the anterior neck, and even to elevate the nasal tip.” http://www.michaellawmd.com/botox.html
BOTOX® Cosmetic has the power to increase self-confidence; consider the “look good, feel good” principle. In fact, recent studies have shown that BOTOX® Cosmetic has helped to boost the self-esteems of a significant number of its recipients. In one such study, Dr. Steven Dayan and DeNova Research concluded that “statistically significant improvements in participants treated with Botox Cosmetic were observed in answers to quality of life questions pertaining to physical health, mood, household activities, overall life satisfaction, body satisfaction, self-consciousness, intellect, self-worth, appearance, comprehension, weight satisfaction, attractiveness, and sense of well-being.”
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