Botox is the only FDA-approved drug treatment option for lateral canthal lines (also known as crows feet) and glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows). Originally invented in the 1980s by Dr. Alan Scott to treat patients with crossed eyes, the side effect Botox had on skin came as a surprise.
When injected into deep lines and wrinkles, patients noticed they had more youthful looking skin without cosmetic surgery. Hollywood was quick to adopt Botox, and when the FDA approved the procedure over a decade ago, the rest of America began seeking treatments like it was the fountain of youth. Today, Botox is the number one cosmetic medical treatment in the country, with an estimated 6 million or more procedures conducted annually.
Its miracle effect on skin leaves much to question, and as America becomes more health conscious, there’s a greater demand for explanation about what Botox actually is and how it works. Here are your top Botox questions answered — no holding back.