All About Botox
January 31, 2019
You may have noticed we’ve added a few new services to our already jam packed list. The most notable addition, as it strays from our usual hair removal and brows, is Botox and Fillers by Lori at Age Defy RX! We’re so excited to have her providing her talents for our clients.
If you’ve never had fillers or Botox before, you may be a little nervous to get under the needle. Something that we fine makes people feel better is knowing the history behind the treatment. So, that’s exactly what I’m writing about today - the history of Botox!
Botox is made from botulinum toxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium comes in 8 strains, however only two are used to create clinical Botox. After injection into the muscle, Botox stops the release of acetylcholine which essentially stops muscle activity. This paralysis is what helps to smooth wrinkles. Botox is effective for roughly 120 days before the nerves regenerate and begin transmitting again.
Clostridium botulinum was first discovered by Belgian scientist Emile Pierre van Ermengem after a botulism outbreak in Belgium. By the 1920’s, scientists in California began trying to isolate the botulinum toxin but it would take another 20 years before Dr. Edward Schantz was successful.
In the 70’s, scientists began using it to treat crossed eyes. While in the testing stages, the researchers noticed that it helped to reduce wrinkles between the eyes and above the nose (the glabella). After it was proven successful in treating crossed eye, it was licensed and branded Botox.
The FDA gave it approval for glabella wrinkles in 2002, upper lip spasticity in 2011 and crows feet in 2013.
Since 2013, Botox has become one of the most common and popular cosmetic procedures in the world. In the US alone, there had been 6.3 million Botox applications by 2013.
By the looks of it, Botox and fillers are only going to get more popular as time goes on. In years past, the looked tended toward huge lips and high cheek bones, but 2019 seems to be ushering in the more natural look.
If you’re interested, but not sure if you’re ready to pop under the needle, give us a call or shoot us an email! We will do our best to answer your questions!