Sometimes things that are good to you can be bad for you (such as that cheesecake or extra pizza slice). But sometimes things that were once thought of as bad for you can be good to you. That’s the case for BOTOX Cosmetic, a seemingly miraculous product that actually has an interesting historical background.
BOTOX Cosmetic’s chief and active ingredient is botulinum toxin. Before its positive health effects were known, larger amounts of botulinum toxin were known to cause botulism, a disease that caused nerve paralysis typically from eating contaminated foods. However, these effects are actually what makes BOTOX an effective treatment for wrinkles and much more at our Totum Health office.
Researchers began purifying the botulinum toxin as early as 1928. A few years later, in 1949, researcher Arnold Burgen discovered the exact mechanism of how the toxin worked: by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps skeletal muscles move. Scientists continued to study the effects of botulinum toxin, using it on muscles that were overactive, such as eye muscles that twitched or caused the eyes to cross.
While treating eye disorders was the initial purpose for BOTOX, its effects in reducing wrinkles were studied and published in a 1989 issue of the “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” medical journal. While its effects were more well-known throughout the 1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not officially approve BOTOX for cosmetic use until 2002.
Today, BOTOX has been highly tested and highly touted for its abilities to smooth and reduce wrinkling where overactive muscles are, such as in your forehead. Our New York City BOTOX patients can come in for a brief 30 to 45 minutes to have the injections before returning to their daily lives feeling more confident and appearing more wrinkle-free.
Nearly 100 years after its initial research period, BOTOX is now a billion-dollar industry in the global market. Americans spend an estimated $2 billion each year on this skin-smoothing, age-reducing treatment, and New York City residents are no exception. Its effects are quick, significantly less uncomfortable than a facelift and affordable.
If you would like to learn more about BOTOX cosmetic, please feel free to call our Totum Health office at (212) 288-2222. Our New York City BOTOX experts can help you learn more about this amazing wrinkle-reducing solution.