Role of FDA in Approving Cosmetic Procedures to Make You Look Younger

While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required by law to approve cosmetic products or the ingredients for cosmetics (except for colorants), there are certain cosmetic procedures that utilize drugs that must be FDA approved. These relate directly to Atlanta Botox services and to Atlanta Xeomin services.

Cosmetics Versus Drugs in Law

Role of FDA in Approving Cosmetic Procedures to Make You Look YoungerCosmetics encompass a myriad of products that may be rubbed, sprayed, sprinkled or poured on the face or body to cleanse, beautify, or alter appearance. Cosmetics are generally intended to promote attractiveness, and include everything from skin moisturizers and cleansing shampoo, to perfume and makeup. Soap is specifically not included in the definition.

As soon as a product is intended for therapeutic use, to prevent or treat disease, or to affect the function or structure of the body (or part of the body), it becomes defined as a drug. And the FDA regulates both the manufacture and distribution of all drugs in the USA. The FDA also regulates manufacture and distribution of biological products including toxins.

The two drugs used by Atlanta Botox services and Atlanta Xeomin services are both toxins and are regulated by the FDA. They are:

  1. Botox
  2. Xeomin

About the Botox Toxin Used by Atlanta Botox Services

OnabotulinumtoxinA, Botox was originally approved for the treatment of eyelid spasms (blepharospasm), misalignment of the eyes (strabismus), chronic migraines and severe underarm sweating.

In 2002 The FDA approved Botox Cosmetic, which is also OnabotulinumtoxinA, for the temporary “improvement” of wrinkles or frown lines that form between eyebrows. Technically known as glabellar lines, Botox Cosmetic prevents the muscles from becoming tight, and as a result wrinkles are not as noticeable.

More than a decade later, in 2013, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic for the temporary “improvement” of crow’s feet or lateral canthal lines under the outside corners of the eyes. While glabellar lines are generally caused by frowning, lateral canthal lines are commonly caused by smiling. Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved drug option that is available for crow’s feet.

Even though other Botox products have popped up on the market, the only FDA-approved Botox product is manufactured by Allergen Inc., a Californian pharmaceutical company. In 2010 a New York doctor was debarred for five years after misbranding a botox product manufactured by another company as “Botox” and B”otox Cosmetic”. The product was not FDA approved, but the doctor admitted to having treated 62 patients for severe glabellar lines in 2004.

About the Xeomin Toxin Used by Atlanta Xeomin Services

IncobotulinumtoxinA, Xeomin was approved by the FDA in 2011 to help reverse neck pain and the abnormal head position that results from cervical dystonia (CD). It was also approved for the treatment of abnormal eyelid spasms (blepharospasm), and to help alleviate the effect of frown lines between the eyebrows.

The FDA-approved Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, a North Carolina company.

The AgeLess Center’s Botox and Xeomin Services

The AgeLess Center in Atlanta offers FDA-approved Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin treatments that will minimize wrinkles and leave the skin looking smooth and unwrinkled. Both are cosmetic procedures that will help to make you look younger.