FDA Approves Botox to Fight Wrinkles

The fountain of youth just got a little easier to find.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. In tiny doses, the purified strain of botulism toxin can safely and temporarily paralyze excessively contracting muscles that cause furrowing.

The FDA's action gives official backing to a practice common among plastic surgeons. Results can surface within 24 to 48 hours, and last up to four months. However, like most, the

drug carries certain risks.
"You could get eyelid droop, your brows can droop, you could have one brow up or one brow down," said Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist with the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. "People have had problems with drooling when they've had injection near the mouth and there can be bruising."
The FDA approved Botox for wide-ranging medical purposes years ago, including cerebral palsy and eye muscle spasms.