You probably know that millions of people use Botox to reduce lines and wrinkles, helping them look younger. However, there are many interesting facts about Botox that you may not know. For starters, this bacterial toxin was first used for medical treatments in the 1970’s, although it did not become a household name until many years later. Here are a few other interesting facts about Botox:
- Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 for eye spasms. It wasn’t approved for cosmetic reduction of lines and wrinkles until 2002, although it was used in the late 1990’s for this purpose.
- Botox is used in many other treatments. Although cosmetic application is the most popular use for Botox, it is also used for other disorders, such as cerebral palsy, hyperhidrosis, migraines and muscle spasms.
- Botox is the toxin botulinum A, but there are seven total. Botulinum are identified by the letter A-G.
- Botox works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine. Once Botox is injected into the skin, the toxins in Botox attach the muscle nerve ending, blocking the chemical responsible for muscle contraction. Eventually the toxin wears off, usually in about 4-6 months.
The beauty of Botox is that the results are quick, with most people noticing reduction of lines and wrinkles in a few days. While the mild paralysis of the muscle is temporary, it can long-term effects in reducing wrinkles. Lines in the skin can actually heal and without the same movement that caused the lines, almost disappear. By continuing Botox, you can remove existing lines and prevent future lines. Keep in mind that it is a medical procedure and should only be administered by a medical professional.
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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342