A quick history lesson on Botox

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Not everyone is willing to undergo surgery, even people who need surgery to improve their quality of life have some reservations about going under the knife.   However surgery is often times a necessary undertaking and can not be avoided despite peoples apprehensions if it can save a life or heal an injury.

Luckily for those who want to improve their looks through cosmetic surgery procedures there are many alternative options to getting under.  One of the most popular, if not the most popular, non-surgical cosmetic procedures these days are BOTOX injections.

BOTOX is a more marketable name for what it is which is botulinum toxin A. Simply put, BOTOX ® is a toxin. Not just any toxin, but a toxin that is a by-product of botulism, a form of food poisoning. Not too many people realize that the wildly popular cosmetic treatment is in reality a poisonous substance. How did it come to this? A lot of people may be wondering why anyone would want something as poisonous as botulinum toxin type A injected into their bodies.

Here’s a bit of a history about how BOTOX came about. In the 1950s, researchers stumbled upon the fact that minute injections of botulinum toxin type A can help decrease the activity of muscles deemed to be overactive.  Eventually, botulinum toxin type A was packaged as BOTOX . Initially, however, BOTOX  was intended to treat eye muscle disorders such as misaligned eyes and blepharospasm or  uncontrollable blinking. But it was only a matter of time before its cosmetic benefits were discovered. Doctors realized this when they reported that the frown lines between the eyebrows of patients appeared to soften after treatments.

This is primarily because botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin which basically blocks the signals that would normally tell your muscles to contract. Simply put, BOTOX causes paralysis in the specific muscles that are injected with it. And if an area of the body can’t move, it cannot wrinkle. Thus, its cosmetic surgery benefits.

Numerous men and women now consider BOTOX  injections as part of their regular beauty regimens. And more and more people are getting hooked on it because it really does remove unwanted wrinkles, unsightly neck bands, and ugly crow’s feet. As a matter of fact, BOTOX  injections are now so commonplace that people now hold so-called BOTOX  parties, a social gathering where participants get their BOTOX fixes.

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