To date, there have been a number of medical conditions successfully treated with Botox injections. With all the benefits of Botox medically, the cosmetic uses of Botox have been most widely accepted in the world of cosmetic surgery. The first successful treatment of a patient by a dermatologist was performed when Dr. Alastair Carruthers injected his secretary to decrease the wrinkles in her forehead. The cosmetic use of Botox was actually an accidental discovery by Dr. Carruthers wife, who was using the injectable Botox on a patient to treat facial dystonia.
Since that first successful use by a dermatologist, many others followed suit and underwent botox training to treat aging men and women around the world have used Botox injections to maintain their firm, youthful appearance. The cosmetic benefits of Botox are regularly seen in magazine ads and even on modern reality television shows where women wish to look like they are much younger than their actual age.
The facial muscles, when contracting, help humans express a specific emotion. Through many years of use the underlying, or static, muscles of the face can still be seen whether the person is expressing emotion or not. These involuntary muscle bands are called wrinkles and show as lines in the skin of the face, regardless of the voluntary emotional muscle contractions used when showing emotion. Botox injections, when used in small doses, paralyze the underlying muscles and smooth out the lines and wrinkles of the face, giving the patient a firm and more youthful appearance.
Wealthy and fashionable women, especially in the United States, find regular Botox injections help them maintain their social status and appearance as they age. Regular treatments, when administered in small doses by a physician trained in the use of Botox, can prevent the appearance of lines and wrinkles that normally appear as the muscles of the face age.