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Take a Look Back at the History of Botox

Take a Look Back at the History of Botox

Plastic surgery may seem like a recent innovation, but the use of chemical compounds to improve a person's appearance dates back much further than you might think. 

The use of Botox as a skin care treatment is nearly 200 years old. When investigating a string of deaths, German doctor Justinus Kerner discovered that spoiled sausages had caused a buildup of toxins that led to severe health complications. He discovered that it was the botulinum toxin and noted how this toxin affected everything from droopy eyelids to weakened muscles to paralysis. 

Despite the obvious negative consequences of the toxin, Kerner realized that the victims all had stretched skin and diminished wrinkles.

Early Use

As more and more scientists began to conduct research on toxins and the causes of death, studies began to reveal more information about the botulinum toxin.

Despite the practical benefits for muscle and skin, Botox was more popular during World War II as a poison. The United States famously smuggled Botox into China so that it could be added to Japanese officers' drinks. 

In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic rather than curative purposes.

After the conclusion of the war, scientists realized that a small quantity of Botox could treat muscle spasms without any adverse side effects.  By injecting test animals with Botox, scientists discovered that it had a variety of other uses, including curing crossed eyes and alleviating eye and eyelid issues.

Botox and Vision

With the discovery that Botox had the capability to help crossed eyes, more and more research delved into the toxin's ability to influence eye issues. During the 1980s, research on Botox injection in and around the eyes determined that it was possible to cure not just crossed eyes but also eyelid spasms and squinting.  

In 1989, the FDA approved the launch of Botox as a cure for facial conditions. Despite the popularity of Botox as a means of treating eyelid conditions, it took another two decades before medical spa institutes began to incorporate Botox into their procedures.

Botox Today

In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic rather than curative purposes. At first, doctors only used Botox for forehead wrinkles, but the treatment proved so effective that Botox injections for firmer skin became popular all over the face.  

While Botox remains largely a cosmetic treatment, it has been shown to be capable of treating a variety of health problems ranging from migraines and muscle stiffness to cervical dystonia and severe sweating, making it a practical solution for patients in need of new solutions.

If you have ever been curious about Botox, give Tate MediSpa a call. Dr. John Tate uses a combination of treatments, including Botox, to help you look and feel younger. 

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