Anybody who pays attention to pop culture has heard of Botox before — and probably quite often. It’s no wonder why celebrities are getting it. Few, however, likely know the history of Botox.
When it’s done right, it can make people look younger and leave no sign that a procedure ever happened. When it doesn’t work… well, let’s not talk about when it doesn’t work, because we’ve all seen that too.
Of course, there’s more to Botox than just super-rich doctors in swanky clinics. You never hear about the other side of it though. We’re not talking about the dark side but the academic side — the funny and fascinating side.
For instance, do you know much about the history of Botox? Are you familiar with any lesser-known facts about the procedure? If you haven’t, you’ve come to the right place, because we have both.
Read on, and we’ll give you the scoop!
History of Botox
Botox is a fairly recent invention as far as medicine goes, but its history technically dates back to 1895. That year in Belgium, there was an outbreak of Botulism.
Botulism is a form of food poisoning that can kill if left untreated. However, it’s the way it kills that made scientists so interested in it.
This is technically a neurotoxin that affects the brain by targeting the nerves, causing paralysis and numbness. This is where the idea to turn it into a medicine came from.
People attempted to harness the toxin in the 1920s, but it wasn’t done successfully until the 1940s. Roughly 30 years later, scientists first attempted to use the toxin to treat cross-eyed individuals.
Not only did the treatment work, but the researchers also noticed that it tended to stiffen the skin and make wrinkles disappear. This basically brings us to modern day.
Now let’s see some really interesting facts about Botox!
1. Botox Can Treat Various Medical Conditions
Botox has much more use than just as a cosmetic. It can also treat several other ailments, such as twitchy eyes, migraines, overactive bladder, depression, certain heart conditions, and more.
It turns out, mild paralysis and loss of sensation can be a good thing if you’re already overactive or restless in some way. Additionally, loss of feeling is a great way to handle pain.
2. Botox Is Temporary
The great thing about the human body is that, to a certain extent, it’s capable of repairing itself. Scars heal, the blood clots, and you can even regrow a liver.
This also comes with a small downside — at least in terms of Botox.
Since the drug is technically a very mild form of poison, your body will treat it as a foreign object and potential threat. Therefore, its effects will be temporary.
A single injection will work for about 4 months.
3. Even Doctors Recommend Using It Sparingly
Like the rest of us, doctors have figured out that using too much Botox isn’t a good idea. This results in what doctors call “frozen face syndrome,” which is pretty much self-explanatory.
Remember, this is technically a poison (albeit mild). It is more than capable of causing noticeable paralysis when used in excess.
4. Many Are Against Using Botox
A few performers have actually come out against Botox, saying that it could cheapen their performances by limiting expression. One such actress is Meryl Streep.
5. Botox Use Is Becoming More Common
At least 7 million people used Botox within the past few years (though probably much more). To put that into perspective, that’s over 2 percent of the U.S. population.
Just imagine what will happen if the business continues to grow!
Botox: the Good, the Bad, and the (Formerly) Ugly
In short, Botox is an interesting drug, and the history of Botox is incredible. It’s derived from a poison that, if used improperly, can cause paralysis and death.
However, when administered in small doses, Botox can treat a lot of medical issues, from crossed eyes to depression. Not bad, considering we’ve only known about it for half a century!
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