What actually are Botox injections?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is the most toxic substance known, with an estimated lethal dose of 1.3-2.1 ng/kg in humans.
The history of Botox dates back to the early 1800s, when the bacterium was first discovered by a German scientist named Justinus Kerner. However, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the cosmetic use of Botox was first explored.
The use of botulinum toxin as a cosmetic treatment was discovered accidentally, when it was observed that people who ate contaminated food sometimes developed a condition called “botulism,” which caused their facial muscles to become paralyzed.
The first person to experiment with using botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes was Dr. Alan Scott, an ophthalmologist who was looking for a way to treat a condition called strabismus, which causes the eyes to become misaligned. In the 1980s, Dr. Scott began injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into the muscles around the eyes of his patients, and he observed that it temporarily paralyzed the muscles and improved the alignment of the eyes.
From there, the use of botulinum toxin as a cosmetic treatment began to spread. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, and it has since become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world.
The use of Botox for cosmetic purposes was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, for the treatment of glabellar lines, or wrinkles between the eyebrows. Since then, it has become one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the world, with millions of treatments administered each year.
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles into which it is injected. This allows the skin to smooth out, giving the appearance of reduced wrinkles and fine lines. It is most commonly used on the face, but can also be used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, and other conditions.
The creation of Botox involves harvesting the toxin from the bacterium and purifying it to make it safe for use in humans. It is then formulated into a solution and injected into the targeted muscles. The effects of Botox typically last for three to six months, after which time the muscles will gradually return to their normal state and the wrinkles will reappear.
December 12, 2022