The New Year is here. It’s been rung in. Everybody is nursing a… headache. It’s probably not the best time to be thinking about cosmetic procedures. But it won’t be long before you’re wondering about Botox in 2018. Sure, Botox has been a staple of cosmetic surgeons and medical spas for years.
What Might Botox in 2018 Look Like?
In fact, it’s difficult to say where the medical spa industry might be without the likes of Botox. In 2016 alone, millions of people opted to receive Botox treatments. It’s a stunningly popular medical procedure. And it has a variety of uses, from mitigating wrinkles to treating migraines.
So what does the new year have in store for this reliable staple of cosmetic surgery? It’s difficult to say (we can’t, after all, predict the future). That said, we could take a few educated guesses at what Botox in 2018 might look like. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Botox is Always Innovating
One thing that Botox has always been good at is innovating. Cosmetic surgeons are always developing (or finding) new case uses for Botox. That’s true all the way to the injectable’s beginning, as it wasn’t originally developed as for cosmetic purposes at all!
And yet, here we are, using Botox to eliminate lines and wrinkles. There were a few pretty stunning developments for Botox in 2016-2017 as well, including:
- The use of Botox to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Using Botox to treat migraines
- Treating TMJ (pain associated with muscles in the jaw)
- The FDA also approved the use of Botox in eliminating lines and wrinkles in the forehead
- Using Botox to cure “puffy eyes,” or lines beneath the eye
- The use of Botox to treat Depression or Depressive episodes
Some of these uses have been approved by the FDA, but not all of them. Many surgeons will then offer Botox for “off label” uses. In most cases, these off label uses are supported by a significant amount of peer reviewed research (there tends to be rules governing what medical spas and surgeons can offer as off label). And that’s the important thing: research that is peer reviewed.
What Does Peer Reviewed Mean?
It might be helpful, then, if we take a minute and talk about what “peer reviewed” actually means. Essentially, any research that is published and peer reviewed goes through a significantly more rigorous process than other information that’s out there. Essentially, research that has been peer reviewed has been looked at by other surgeons and deemed to be legitimate. So, if that research is about cosmetic surgery, other surgeons have looked at the research (or replicated it) and deemed it to be valid.
Looking Forward to More Botox in 2018
There are two things we can say for sure about Botox in 2018: It’s going to be popular and novel. In other words, Botox will continue to be the world’s number one injectable. Millions and millions of people will go in for treatments. And, generally, they’ll love the results (many people will come in more than once in order to maintain their overall results).
And we also expect Botox to innovate in 2018. We aren’t really sure what new uses for Botox we’ll see in the coming year, but we’re almost entirely sure that there will be new uses. That’s simply going based on history, where one or two new uses are unveiled every year. In fact, someone (somewhere) is probably working on the next big Botox paper right now.
Finding More Uses for You
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many cool new things Botox can do in 2018. What’s important is that you find a treatment for what’s bothering you. In some cases, it’s wrinkles and lines that are bothering you. In other cases, it might be excessive sweating or migraines.
Botox is only a good choice for these issues when it’s either:
- Easier to access
- Less expensive
- More effective
- Less likely to present side effects
- Easier to administer
To be sure, there could be other factors that make Botox a desirable choice as well. Or there could be a combination of factors. What we’re getting at, though, is that Botox should never be your choice simply due to its novelty.
As a general rule, you should always choose the best tool for the job. Sometimes that will be Botox. The reason that researchers are so interested in finding new uses for Botox is that it often provides new or different tools. In the long run, that’s a great thing.
Ultimately, Botox in 2018 will probably surprise us. That much we know for sure.