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A Tribute to the Year of the 11’s

27 Dec
Allergan, the Botox Company, has used the "Year of the Ones" as a cleaver marketing campaign. 
Many women refer to their glabellar fold (between the eyebrows) as looking like a "1", "11", or a "111".

As 2011 comes to a close, and the “Year of the Ones” is over, I thought I’d go over a timeline of events in the history of this product.  It’s been around longer than you think (almost 60 years)! 

1950:  Scientists discover that botulinum toxin can reduce muscle spasms

1960’s & 1970’s : Studies explore botulinum toxin as a treatment for strabismis (cross-eyes)

1988:  Allergan researches other medical uses of botulinum toxin

1989: Allergan introduces Botox™, the first botulinum toxin with dosing approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and strabismus.

2000:  FDA approves Botox™ therapy for cervical dystonia (spinal chord problem)

2002:  FDA approves Botox Cosmetic™ (onabotulinumtoxin A), the same formulation as Botox™ with dosing specific to moderate to severe frown lines between the brow (the 11’s)

2004:  FDA approves Botox™ for severe underarm sweating (hyperhydrosis) when topical medicines don’t work well enough.

May 1, 2009:  FDA approves Dysport™ (abobotulinumtoxin) for the treatment of forehead and frown lines.

2010:  FDA approves Botox™ therapy for increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles with upper limb spasticity.

October 15, 2010:  FDA approves Botox™ for migraine headache therapy.

July 21, 2011:  FDA approves Xeomin™ (incobotulinumtoxinA) from Merz Aesthetic for moderate to severe lines between the brows.

Future Uses…

Botox has been approved in other countries for adult post-stroke spasticity and equinus foot deformity, and is awaiting FDA approval in the U.S.


Xeomin. In Your Face.

20 Dec
Allergan, the company that makes Botox Cosmetic, has lost it’s patent. This means companies will come out with competing products. Ladies, be excited.


First and foremost, I’d like to say… who named this product? (I would like to make a side note here… I will make a LOT of immature jokes in this post… sorry… but it’s too funny not to!)

Xeomin. Rhymes with… exactly. You can begin chuckling now. The girls at Dr. Russo’s (slang: JAR- Joseph A. Russo) and I have been in stitches over the name. However, it is a really good product! I had Xeomin injections about a month ago. And I have to say, I was very pleased with the results. It looks exactly like Botox, and perhaps worked a tiny bit faster. I love Xeomin in my face! (laughter).

As an injector, I started using this product about 3 weeks ago. It is reconstituted (or activated) exactly the same way Botox Cosmetic is. I injected Alexis Robertson of Image Skin Care with this product. Her opinion was similar to mine, it looks the same, it was slightly cheaper, and it started working maybe a day earlier than Botox.

Merz (the company that makes Radiesse- which I LOVE) is kicking off the introduction to this product with a $50 rebate as well. The nice thing about this rebate: It doesn’t require a degree in Rocket Science to get your money back (when Allergan does rebates it’s a nightmare!).


While I personally have never injected Dysport, or had it used on myself, I’ve had a lot of feedback from other women. There has been in increase in eyelid drooping from this product. It is in my OPINION that the reason for this is because the product is diluted (reconstituted) differently than Botox and because MORE saline (salt water) is added to the product in order to inject, the saline is spreading further through the muscle. I have been told by other injectors that it requires twice as much Dysport as Botox per injection. Women who are used to Botox are not a fan of Dysport.

Cosmetic Medicine is a new and quickly growing field. In fact, the growth of Cosmetic Medicine, since introduced, has grown faster than that of the Porn Industry. That’s right. Women like to look young more than men like sex! Crazy Statistic!

With Allergan loosing it’s patent, there are many new products on the horizon. So I’m sure there will be plenty more posts to come!

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