BOTOX® Turns 10 | The Decade That Changed It All
Posted August 13, 2019 in Injectables & Fillers, by Dr. Fiorillo
Years ago, when a patient wanted to treat facial wrinkles, their only real option was surgery. Then, in 2002, everything changed. When BOTOX® Cosmetic was first FDA approved, the concept of minimally-invasive procedures was little known. Today, it represents the number-one category in cosmetic treatment across the board. Why? Because it works. Instead of having to go under the knife, folks were now able to achieve dramatic age-defying results with less downtime and no need for general anesthesia. What started as a simple alternative to surgical wrinkle treatments has grown to become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States.
So, how many BOTOX procedures are performed each year? BOTOX falls under the category of “botulinum toxin type A” procedures. (Dysport® also falls in this category.) According to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 5.6 million botulinum toxin type A procedures performed in 2011, alone. That represents a full 5% growth from the previous year. And, while procedures like facelift surgery continue to be highly effective and grow in popularity as well, procedures like BOTOX have well-established themselves as the industry leader in wrinkle treatment.
What’s number two? Soft tissue fillers. Read on to learn more.
BOTOX vs. Dermal Fillers
So, what’s the difference between BOTOX Injections and soft tissue fillers? BOTOX is essentially a muscle relaxer. This highly purified protein works to prevent dynamic creases from forming. These include frown lines, crow’s feet, etc.
Fillers – as the name suggests – work to “fill in” facial creases. Because of this, they are well-suited even for deeper, more persistent lines. Popular fillers include Restylane®, Perlane® and JUVÉDERM®.
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