Time Machine Back to The History of Botox

A little over 10 years ago, Botox was in its heyday. It was everywhere in the media, and it was the new star of the cosmetic world. But where did Botox come from?

It All Started With Some Food Poisoning
Almost 200 years ago, in the 1820s, no one understood what was happening to your body when you got food poisoning. It wasn’t until a German scientist named Dr. Justinus Kerner started to study some deadly bratwurst that the world found out about botulism. He injected himself with this toxin that he found in the sausage, and soon the world knew so much more than they ever had about allergies, food poisoning, and botulism. By the end of the 19th Century, more studies were continuing to make progress.

During the turbulent times of the Second World War, the US started to look into biological weapons. One of the toxins they researched was botulinum toxin, a nerve toxin produced by bacteria that was connected to botulism. At the time it was considered the deadliest substance in the world. It was in experiments with this toxin that scientists realized that it caused temporary muscle relaxation.

The Medical Botox
By the 1980s, Botox was in full swing. It was approved for injections, which were then applied to help vision problems such as strabismus and various spasms. Soon Botox was being used all over the place—just not for wrinkles. However in the 90s, an ophthalmologist observed that her patients were beginning to lose all of the wrinkles and lines and the Botox we know today caught hold.

The Botox Today
By 2002, Botox was FDA-approved for cosmetic reasons, and now here we are. Not only is Botox considered to be a miracle worker for cosmetic reasons like filling in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. But Botox has recently in past years received a lengthy amount of medical attention for helping ease pain caused by migraines and TMJ, and even helping to stop people with severe underarm sweat.

1. Migraines
Migraines plague millions of people each year and can be quite debilitating— leaving people having to leave work early, sit in the dark, and basically pray for their migraine to quickly subside. However, doctors have discovered that Botox injections can actually help to alleviate this pain and get people feeling back to their normal selves again. Approved by the FDA to treat migraines, multiple injections will be administered in the head and neck to stop headache symptoms for up to three months. If you suffer from migraines multiple times a week, the thought of a headache free life for three months might sound too good to be true, but it isn’t.

2. TMJ
TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder that causes pain, swelling, and discomfort around the jaw bone causing patients sometimes with the inability to chew or even open their mouth. With really know treatment options available other than surgery, doctors everywhere were pleased to discover that Botox can be used to help treat symptoms of TMJ. By simply being injected into the muscles around the jaw, Botox causes the muscles to relax and untighten, leaving patients feeling better than ever.

3. Underarm Sweat
Sweating under your arms is normal, but some people suffer from excessive underarm sweat that can be downrigth embarrassing. If you are one of those people, you might be a candidate for Botox injections for under your arms. By injecting your underarms with Botox, the chemical signals from the nerves which cause sweat glands to be stimulated are blocked— leaving you with dryer armpits all day long.

As you can see, Botox really is a miracle worker for many people. Not only can it help individuals look great but it can help people feel great as well.

Last but not least, if you wish to know more about how Botox can help you, seek advice from licensed aesthetic doctors. You may find out more about aesthetic doctors in Malaysia here.

 

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