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FDA Approves Botox for Frown Lines


The FDA recently approved Botulinum Toxin Type A, or Botox, to lessen the severity of frown lines, but physicians have been using Botox on their patients for quite a while now. How does it work? Physicians inject small amounts of the drug into the muscles of the forehead, making the muscles unable to contract and unable to create frown lines. In other words, the drug paralyzes the muscles.

Botox was first approved in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders and a neurological disorder of the neck and shoulder muscles.

The FDA has issued the following guidelines:

  • Botox should be injected no more frequently than once every three months

  • The lowest effective dose should be used

There are potential side effects with Botox treatments. The most common ones in clinical trials included:

  • Headache

  • Respiratory infection

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Droopy eyelids

  • Nausea

Less frequent reactions included:

  • Pain in the face

  • Redness at the injection site

  • Muscle weakness

If you decide to have Botox treatments yourself, keep in mind that you’ll be having botulism injected into your forehead. Some people do complain that the treatments take away some facial expression. But in general, the procedure is highly effective and produces high levels of satisfaction.

The Food and Drug Administration - June, 2002
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