Botox : Back To Basics
Botox has now been approved for use for 15 years! To celebrate this birthday and how far this miracle solution has come let’s take a look at how far its come!
When Was Botox Invented?
In the 1800’s there were many cases of food poisoning due to the bad condition that meats and foods were kept in. Just 100 years earlier bad cases of food poisoning were blamed on witches! However eventually it was pinned down to eating gone off foods – one particular bad case was when 34 people attending a funeral were paralysed by eating gone off ham. This Botulism was found to come from pork and even honey!
Scientists began to study the Botulism toxin – ways to prevent it and extract it from food and to create it. Luckily how to prevent dangerous side effects from food was found by proper storage and preservation. Scarily during world war II scientists were studying to weaponise the toxin! The war ended before they could use their research for chemical warfare and their research was passed on to academic communities for further study!.
How Did Botox Become Used For Wrinkles.
As Botox works by numbing the muscles it is injected to in the 1900s scientists were studying to help muscle disorders . First it was discovered to help with eye muscle disorders and twitches. The Toxin could numb the muscles using a low dose with no unpleasant side effects! However one happy accident was when they began to notice that the lines around their patient’s eyes were easing off! Giving us the anti wrinkle effect that it’s now known for. In 2002 about 200 years of its discovery Botox Anti Wrinkle was born!
Is Botox® Just Used For Wrinkles?
Far from it! This is definitely the medicine of 1000 uses! Allergan the owners and the makers of the original Botox® are continuously developing studies for more uses of Botox – the most recent trials are studies of Botox® for depression treatment!
Currently Botox is known for:
- Anti wrinkle injections such as Frown Lines, Worry Lines, Smoker’s Lines etc
- Excessive sweat treatments in the underarms, hairline, and hands
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
- Muscle Spasms all around the body (for a variety of different conditions such as cerebral palsy)
- Chronic Pain
- Cervical Dystonia
Currently these are the uses that are proven – 100’s of studies are being done for other uses which will likely be common place like bladder control and sexual dysfunction. If you are a current user you may even notice some advantages that aren’t mentioned.
How Many People Get Botox?
Though it’s hard to pinpoint how many people actually get Botox as many people like to keep it a secret. In 2015 it was estimated that about 4’000’000 people receive Botox for cosmetic reasons! As this has become one of the most studied and used medicines more and more people are seeking it out earlier to save money in the long run on anti ageing products that simply don’t work.