National Botox Day
Today, November 20, 2019 is National Botox Day. Honest, we did not make this up, it is National Botox Day, so we are celebrating our 21 years of providing Botox to the Richmond and Virginia community.
In the mid 1990’s I was fortunate to become friends with Drs. Jean and Alastair Carruthers who are basically the “inventors” of Botox for cosmetic treatment. My friendship with them led to my being and early adapter and one of the first docs in Virginia to be trained by Allergan and allowed to purchase Botox for cosmetic purposes. At the time Botox was only used for ophthalmology problems and then the cosmetic market. At that time it was called “pretty poison” and had limited uses. Over the past 21 years we have grown to be in the top 3% of Botox providers in the United States and for years I was the largest solo user of Botox cosmetic in Virginia. Botox has become so popular and is now available at so many places by so many providers that it has become a common place treatment. As you can see in the above picture with my super injector nurse Jenny Jernigan, I have saved all of my empty Botox vials and use them for “Botox Art”. This represent tens of thousands of treatments with hundreds of thousands of individual injections.
Today Botox is used to treat a myriad of issues including vocal cords, migraine headaches, GI problems, bladder issues, TMJ problems, anal fissures, sweating and muscle spasticity. I have two special needs children with cerebral palsy and for years they have received regular Botox injections to “loosen up” their legs and feet. Botox has become much more than a cosmetic treatment although it remains the most popular cosmetic treatment all over the world.
Botox has been one of the biggest game changers in my tenure of facial surgery as previous to its introduction, there was really not viable treatment for dynamic facial wrinkles. It has proven to be a very safe and effective treatment and has become a huge part of my practice for decades.
Joe Niamtu, III DMD
Cosmetic Facial Surgery