Although the use of Botox has been a revolution in the treatment of wrinkles caused by contraction of facial muscles and it has replaced some surgical procedures and invasive interventions, unfortunately, there has been a misleading picture of Botox outcomes in the community and people have high expectations.
Botox is a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which can cause poisoning in canned food. The toxin can limit facial muscle contraction for a certain time and can reduce facial wrinkles.
Botox is in fact the type A toxin of this bacterium which has been standardized and gained therapeutic aspects and was approved by the FDA in 2002.
It should be noted that Botox is effective on wrinkles caused by muscle contraction and does not affect wrinkles due to sagging skin, decreased under the skin volume, or aging.
Botox is the gold standard treatment for wrinkles of laugh lines at the corners of the eyes as well as frown and forehead lifting muscles. Botox can be sued with caution and medical diagnosis in other areas such as lip corner, neck lines, and some other locations. It is also effective in the treatment of facial asymmetry and excessive sweating of palms and soles, and has very good and miraculous effect in the treatment of migraine headaches.
In people with deep skin folds, Botox can limit frown or active contraction and is not able to completely resolve deep folds. Botox can complement some facial surgeries such as brow lift and scar repair in areas where active muscles exist under the scar. Dysport is another common name of Botox and Xeomin is a new form of Botox delivering to the market.