A history of Botox

Tinkable are taking a look into the origins of the phenomenon that has taken the non-surgical cosmetic procedures world by storm.

Botox, originally identified as a toxin from Clostridium botulinum bacteria made its initial appearance in 1977 to treat a problem with the eye muscles, also known as strabismus. Twelve years later, Botox was approved for this purpose by the Food and Drug Administration.

Botox injections then went on to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes in 2002 and since then there have been an endless amount of celebrities and individuals alike ridding their faces of lines resulting from ageing skin. Two years following its cosmetic approval, Botox injections were approved to be used under the arms to stop Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).

A doctor in the 1820s wanted to get the to the bottom of deaths of Germans who had consumed sausage, which lead to the discovery of food-borne botulism. From then on, it was learned that the poisoning had neurological symptoms from droopy eyelids to respiratory behaviour – and then using it therapeutically.

Moving forward to the 1950s and 60s, a handful of doctor’s purified botulinum type A into a crystalline form and Dr. Vernon Brooks made the discovery that small doses of the toxin relaxed muscles temporarily. Small doses of the injection were used on monkeys to help treat crossed eyes; later, human subjects were used and results showed that botulinum type A was effective and, most importantly, safe to treat cross eyes.

More advancements of botulinum found that it could treat muscle spasms as well as excessive sweating.

Today, Botox injections are widely used as cosmetic enhancements and to treat any conditions that may be impacting a patient’s everyday life.

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