October 3, 2017 brought yet another milestone for Botox, the wrinkle treatment that became a favorite of celebrities in the aughts. The neurotoxin, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, has just been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of moderate to severe forehead lines.
Seven million injections were given in 2016 (almost three times as many as soft tissue fillers), according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The news comes 15 years after Botox was first approved for the treatment of frown lines. Since then, it's also been FDA approved to treat crow's feat.
Botox Cosmetic, which differs from the injections used to treat overly sweaty armpits or migraines, which is only called "Botox", is officially approved for treating moderate to severe forehead lines.
It works by relaxing muscle movement so the patient cannot raise their forehead muscle and therefore cannot form any lines. The new indication will not only help soften the appearance of the lines but it will also help them from becoming deeper. The key is to start early and be consistent.
The FDA approval makes Botox Cosmetic the only injection of its kind with FDA approval for three facial uses, according to a statement from Allergan, Botox’s manufacturer.