Popularity of BOTOX® – What Studies Show

Cosmetic surgery is the fastest growing health sector in the United States. One reason is the fact that cosmetic procedures are not considered medically necessary and are governed by free markets rather than insurance company or government interference. Cosmetic procedures are broken down into two broad categories:

  • Surgical
  • Minimally invasive

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2007 study, the latest available, there were almost ten times as many non-surgical cosmetic procedures as surgical ones. The leading minimally invasive procedure is BOTOX® to treat unwanted wrinkles. ASPS 2007 Figures BOTOX® popularity has grown phenomenally since it was first approved in 1989 for use in treating muscular eye conditions. At that time, doctors discovered that it helped smooth wrinkles near the injection sites. Although not originally approved for cosmetic purposes, many people started getting BOTOX® treatments for wrinkle reduction.

  • In 2000 there were 786,911 BOTOX® treatments
  • In 2006, there were 4,090,517
  • In 2007, there were 4,625,192

Since the year 2000 there has been an increase of more than 400 percent. The sheer numbers indicate the popularity of BOTOX®. Reason for Dramatic Increase The primary reason for the dramatic increase between 2000 and 2006 is the fact that the FDA removed its restriction on marketing BOTOX® for cosmetic reasons. Prior to that, most doctors used BOTOX® off label. While not banned, cosmetic uses for BOTOX® were not specifically recognized by the FDA. In 2002, the ban against advertising BOTOX® for cosmetic reasons caused sales to skyrocket. As people continue to fight the affects of aging, the popularity of BOTOX® will continue to grow. Clinical testing is constantly performed to find new uses for this and other neurotoxins. If you are interested in finding out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and how it can help restore your youthful appearance, please contact Dr. Angelchik’s Claro Light and Skin Therapeutics™ clinic today to schedule an initial consultation.

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