Botox® Cosmetic remains a popular choice for the world

Valeant Canada is interested in acquiring Allergan—the parent company that manufactures the popular neuromodulator Botox® Cosmetic—and recently offered $46 billion to buy the company.

Valeant Canada, which also owns Medicis and distributes Dysport®, another neuromodulator, must be confident that the demand for these procedures will only grow. Allergan makes other cosmetic products such as Juvéderm fillers and breast implants—but is probably best known for its prescription medicine that has been a popular choice for millions upon millions of people and counting.

You’ve probably heard of Botox® Cosmetic. There aren’t many people who haven’t these days. The purified protein from bacteria was first introduced in 2002, after which it quickly made headlines as a non-invasive, non-surgical injectable. I offer it at my Toronto cosmetic dermatology clinic.

One reason Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® are so popular is that they are easily delivered and require no recuperation or downtime afterward, unlike a face lift or other surgeries. Since they are prescription medications, they should be administered by a physician. When patients consult me, I observe their facial movements carefully to see what these products can do to enhance their appearance.

The treatment itself only takes about 10 minutes. The effect will be noticeable in about three days, but it takes about 10 days to see the full benefit. The results can last for about four months.

Considering their popularity and long-lasting appeal, Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® are likely to remain a much-asked-for injectables for years to come.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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