BOTOX® (Botulinum toxin type A) is the world’s most popular non-surgical treatment. After 30 years of aesthetic and medical use, manufacturer Allergan plc has announced that is has now produced over 100 million vials of the product – 2 significant milestones.
BOTOX® has a host of aesthetic and therapeutic uses.
The most popular and well–known is its use for aesthetic anti-ageing treatments, tackling the signs of ageing in 3 main areas:
Glabellar lines – those vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows especially when frowning
Forehead lines – horizontal wrinkles that are even more noticeable with eyebrow movement
Crow’s feet or laughter lines around the eyes, especially when smiling
However, BOTOX® has a host of medical uses as well.
Quinn Clinics also offer BOTOX® treatment for sweat reduction or hyperhidrosis – a condition which causes misery and embarrassment for patients not only in the warmer months but year round. Injecting botulinum toxin into the underarm area dries up the excess sweat problem within a few days and gives patients months of relief.
Other less well known uses of BOTOX® include use by healthcare practitioners to treat various neurology and urology conditions such as:
Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus, twitching or spasm of the eyelids or lazy eye
These are specialist medical uses not available at our Bristol clinic, but it illustrates how potentially powerful BOTOX® can be for therapeutic use as well as cosmetic.
The principle by which BOTOX® works remains the same for all procedures – that is to relax the muscles by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles. So it seems likely that scientists will find more uses for this drug in the future; as Allergan continues to work with researchers, scientists and doctors to find new medical uses for botulinum toxin.
Mitchell Brin, SVP Global Drug Development & Chief Scientific Officer at Allergan said:
“After 30 years of studying this drug we have a large safety database and based upon our understanding of the mechanism of action and the safety profile, we are now moving into other disorders that I would say that two decades ago I would not have anticipated going into.”
There are 148 clinical trials supporting the safety profile and quality of BOTOX®.
About Quinn Clinics
Advanced Skin Treatment Clinic, Bristol
Quinn Clinics based in Bristol, was established in 2006 and offers a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments. As well as anti-ageing injections, the clinic can offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser and the new M22 multiple skin technology platform (IPL, ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative, ND:YAG).
Dr Quinn is a qualified aesthetic doctor with specific expertise in dermal fillers and BOTOX®, based at his own clinic, Quinn Clinics in Redland, Bristol.
BOTOX® (Botulinum toxin type A) is the world's most popular non-surgical treatment. After 30 years of aesthetic and medical use, manufacturer Allergan plc has announced that is has now produced over 100 million vials of the product, a significant milestone.