The Pros and Cons of Botox

Just because the FDA has approved the anti-wrinkle shots doesn't mean that they're for you

Are you sufficiently bothered by wrinkles to stick needles into your face? That's the question millions of Americans will be asking themselves once the Botox craze starts in earnest.

Botox injections, as you may have heard, are the biggest thing since nose jobs. They are already the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S.; about 1.6 million Americans got the shots last year--a so-called off-label use of a drug originally approved to calm twitchy eye muscles. The fact that the shots reduce wrinkles too was an unanticipated bonus; doctors were allowed to use Botox for that purpose, but the manufacturer,...

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