Happy Anniversary, Botox Cosmetic!

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Botox. Over the last two decades, Botox has gone from a novel medical breakthrough to a product trusted by millions of people. Allergan, the maker of Botox, is marking the anniversary by kicking off a year-long celebration. To start the party, Allergan has recently released a video history of the Botulinum Toxin, commemorating Botox’s place in the advancement of medicine.

The phenomenon started in 1989, when Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat two rare disorders of the eye muscles, Strabismus and Blepharospasm. Since that time, Botox has been approved to treat a plethora of other common medical disorders including Cervical Dystonia, Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), chronic Migraines, Overactive Bladder, and urinary incontinence.

Botox caught the eye of dermatologists in the late 1990’s. It came to their attention that the toxin would temporarily reduce fine facial lines around the eyes in those receiving treatment for Strabismus. By 1997, so many patients were utilizing Botox for its ‘off-label’ wrinkle removing benefits, the nation’s supply temporarily ran out. In 2002, Botox Cosmetic was given FDA approval for the treatment of Frown Lines. Since that time, they have had more than 1.8 billion dollars in sales.

The future for looks even brighter for Botox. It has been the most popular noninvasive cosmetic treatment for the last several years. Physicians in 88 countries are using Botulinum Toxin to treat patients with over 27 medical conditions. It doesn’t stop there, other uses for the super drug are on the way. "BOTOX® is an innovative product whose potential to treat medical conditions across a variety of therapeutic categories continues to expand even today," says David Pyott, Chairman of Allergan.

Dr. Paul Vitenas is considered a leader in cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery. He has been working with Botox since it first came onto the cosmetic market. With this extensive experience, and a skillful hand, he consistently provides patients with dramatic, natural-looking results. Find out what Botox can do for you. Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.506.0902 for a consultation appointment.
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