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Botox Cosmetic

In 2001, when Health Canada approved botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of frown lines, Botox® suddenly became a household name. While you may know that the drug is great for smoothing out those wrinkles between your eyes, you may not know that it has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a number of disorders caused by overactive muscles.

Botox - Approved Indications

Frown Lines
The "Botox® buzz" began with the discovery that the toxin somehow inhibited the ability to frown when injected between the eyebrows...

Crossed Eyes
Years before the discovery of its benefits in cosmetics, Botox® was first used successfully to treat a human medical condition—strabismus—in 1980 (Scott 1980)...

Eye and Facial Spasms
The term blepharospasm can be applied to any abnormal uncontrolled muscle contraction around the eyes, from blinking or eyelid tics to twitches and the inability to keep the eyes open for significant periods of time...

Wry Neck
Botox® has been used since 1985 in the treatment of cervical dystonia (also known as spasmodic torticollis or wry neck), which is characterized by neck muscles contracting involuntarily, causing...

Foot Deformity
Injections of Botox® are used in children with equinus foot, a deformity associated with cerebral palsy, which generally causes stiff, spastic muscles. In severe cases, children may be unable to...

In November 2001, Health Canada approved Botox® injections to reduce spasticity that can occur after a stroke, when muscles no longer respond to signals from the central nervous system...

Hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating that can affect any body part, including the underarms, the palms, the soles of the feet, and the face...


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