Did you know that Botox is one of the most potent drugs in the world? It’s true. Botox is derived from the purified toxin, Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is so powerful that even with Botox’s high demand, just a baby aspirin amount of the powdered toxin is enough to make the global supply of Botox for an entire year. Under heavy lock and key, the primary stores of the toxin are stored in an undisclosed location somewhere in the continental U.S. and is so carefully guarded that only a few government and company officials know where it is stored.Don’t let this intimidate you, however. The toxin’s powerful paralyzing nature is actually what keeps wrinkles at bay. Botox uses a very well-researched microscopic amount of the botulinum toxin to block wrinkle-causing muscle contractions.Botox Boasts Big NumbersWould you believe that Botox generated $2.8 billion dollars in sales in 2016? When Allergan first acquired Botox, the company hoped that it would garner $10 million in annual sales. Fast-forward to today, and Botox is expected to grow to almost $4 billion annually by 2020. Not surprising to us at NW Face & Body, Botox was again the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in 2017. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, nearly 7.3 million Botox injections were performed last year—up 819 percent since 2000.
Just last fall, the FDA approved Botox to treat moderate to severe forehead lines. That’s right, Botox can help soften those stubborn horizontal lines that run the length of your forehead.In addition to forehead lines, Botox is used to soften crow’s feet (the fine lines at the outer corners of the eyes) and frown lines (the vertical wrinkles that develop in between the eyebrows). The FDA has also given their approval for the treatment of migraines, an overactive bladder, and extreme sweating.
We love Botox at NW Face & Body and look forward to sharing this wrinkle-smoothing wonder drug with you! You can schedule your personal Botox consultation at our Kirkland office.