Botox¨ is a purified protein that is used in small doses for certain cosmetic procedures and medical conditions. It is particularly useful for eliminating the frown lines or chronic furrows between the eyebrows that may persist through repeated, often subconscious action of muscles located directly between the eyebrows. Botox¨ is also the treatment of choice for horizontal forehead wrinkles and crowÕs feet around the eyes.
Additional uses of Botox¨ include the non-surgical brow lift, where Botox¨ is used to create an elevation of the eyebrows, as well as treatment of lip lines, neck wrinkles, and neck muscular bands. These are remarkable advances in the treatment of the aging face as traditional approaches to eyebrow depression and neck aging have been quite invasive surgical procedures. The advent of Botox¨ injections for treatment of the neck, perioral lines and eyebrows, in addition to its other more conventional wrinkle removing uses, has revolutionized the approach to wrinkle treatment.
Botox¨ treatment is a relatively straightforward outpatient procedure, with minimal risk, that has now replaced many of the more traditional surgical approaches to facial aging. A more youthful appearance can be achieved in a fifteen minute session.
Botox¨ is also highly effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Many people suffer from overactive sweat glands of the hands, underarms, soles, and face. In the past, traditional topical or surgical approaches to this embarrassing and uncomfortable problem have been futile. Now Botox¨ can be injected directly into the areas of sweating to improve hiperhidrosis.