Even though it seems that Botox has been around forever based on its media presence and popularity, this week (April 16th through April 22nd, 2017) marks the 15th anniversary of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the use of Botox for cosmetic uses. While people are constantly looking for the newest cutting edge beauty treatment, Botox has been one product that has truly stood the test of time.
If anything, Botox seems to grow in its positive medical and cosmetic uses as well as its popularity. Since I first started injecting Botox here in Maine in 2003, Botox has evolved from something very hush-hush and considered a Hollywood thing to do into an everyday maintenance procedure for many.
As many might expect, the older end of my demographic population uses Botox to erase the effects of aging in the form of scowl lines and crow’s feet. However, many millennials are also using Botox to prevent those lines from ever forming in the first place.
In 2004, the FDA also approved Botox for treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, otherwise known as excessive sweating. After getting certified additionally in that aspect of Botox use, I started treating patients who suffer with that embarrassing condition.
I am currently one of the only doctors in Maine who continues to administer Botox for prevention of excessive sweating. I treat people from all over Maine, and some even outside of Maine, for this condition.
With the increasing popularity of Botox worldwide, my Botox clientele has also grown exponentially. Botox use at Maine Laser Skin Care and the several satellite clinics I attend has grown every year by over double digits.
I am currently the busiest aesthetic provider of Botox in Maine outside of Portland. I consider it an honor that local dermatologists and plastic surgeons refer patients to me for this and other cosmetic procedures.
One of the biggest advantages of using Botox on a daily basis is the experience I have garnered in analyzing individual faces and their need for specific doses and locations of Botox injections. I have used these skills to teach several other doctors, nurses and residents the importance of using Botox for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Botox indeed has come a long way from when it was first “discovered” as an injection to stop eyelid muscle spasms in Canada by Dr. Jean Carruthers. Botox is an incredibly safe product when used judiciously and in the hands of a well-trained provider.
I have had Botox injected into my face, and I also use it on family members without worry or concern on their part. A frequent comment I have heard from them is, “I hate the needles, but I love the results!”
Unfortunately, there is still lots of misinformation out there, especially on the Internet, about Botox. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you have read or heard about Botox, please do not hesitate to call us at (207) 873-2158 to ask, or schedule a free and confidential consultation to see if this groundbreaking treatment is right for you.