Over the course of the past years, much has already been written about Botox, and even with this, there still seems to be some confusion regarding the product, how Botox was discovered, how it works and what it can do.
The Birth of Botox
You could be surprised to discover that this substance can trace its roots way back to the 1800s.
In the 1820s, many German people were dead after taking sausage. Dr. Justinus Kerner performed experiments and extensive testing and discovered that the cause of these deaths was botulism. He found various symptoms related to botulism, which includes paralysis, respiratory failure, and droopy eyelids. It was over a century before scientists started making important discoveries as to how this particular toxin could be very useful in the medical field.
In the 1950s, Doctor Edward J. Schantz, as well as others, discovered a method of purifying botulinum toxin A to a form which they could work successfully with. When this it was significantly diluted and then injected into an individual muscle, they discovered that it would lead to temporary paralysis in that muscle. Over the next years, it was used in experiments to treat muscle spasms as well as crossed eyes successfully. In the late 1980s, the name Botox was initially introduced and started using for various cosmetic and medical purposes.
In 2002, the United State (FDA) Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox for cosmetic and it was quickly marketed as “the” suitable product to remove those wrinkles and also “laugh” lines that appear to develop and surface even if you faithfully stick to your beauty care regimen, eat the right foods and get the proper amount of sleep.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for neurotoxic protein botulinum toxin A that is made by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium. Botox cosmetic treatment is a particular prescription medicine which is directly injected into the muscle by a qualified medical professional and is safe and none-invasive.
As earlier mentioned, it has been used to successfully treat ocular muscle spasms which include lazy eye and uncontrollable blinking for over 15 years and is widely recognized as a safe and an effective treatment choice by medical Ophthalmologist.
Botox has been used in treating other ailments like excessive sweating and presently, the product is being considered as a remedy against knee and hip osteoarthritis, migraine headaches and joint disorder and is currently being studied as a possible solution for use in those having overactive bladders as well.
While Botox gives medical value, it’s better known for its cosmetic use and has been used widely by many people to treat laugh lines, wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Is Botox Safe?
It should be administered by a competent health care professional and is fully safe. Although some rare side effects were reported such as problem swallowing, headaches, and redness as well as pain at the injection site, these typically disappear within a few days. Keep in mind that staying out of the sun is a good idea too, especially after having a Botox treatment.