The History of BOTOX

BOTOX® is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to help people look and feel younger. While it’s been embraced over the past several years, it has had a long and interesting journey that all began earlier than you might have thought.

A Closer Look at BOTOX®

The main ingredient in this product has been with us for ages, but it wasn’t until the 1820s when science recognized and studied the ingredient’s effects on humans. According to a recent research paper, it wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that the ingredient was used in order to benefit a person. Dr. Edward J. Schantz and others refined the ingredient until they could crystallize it, and through testing, they found that tiny amounts would result in muscle relaxation. The original intent was to use the refined product to try and treat those who suffered from crossed eyes. In 1989, the FDA approved the use of it for treating crossed eyes, as well as for muscle spasms in the face and vocal area.

The Cosmetic Properties of BOTOX®

BOTOX® as a product was technically born in the 1990s, and it was used to help treat a wide variety of conditions that ranged from excessive sweating to the tremors caused by cerebral palsy. The idea of using the injections as a wrinkle treatment didn’t occur until Dr. Jean Carruthers noticed that patients undergoing the treatment showed signs of reduced wrinkles as the muscle relaxed. During the late 1990s, studies were conducted, and the cosmetic properties of BOTOX® were realized. While it took some time and a lot of research, BOTOX® became available and approved as a purely cosmetic treatment in the year 2002.

Since that time, there have been no negative associations with the controlled and professional use of BOTOX® as a treatment. The main ingredient in this product has been carefully refined and studied until it’s become the best friend for people who want to look and feel younger without surgery.

For more information on BOTOX® as a treatment and to find out if it’s really the right choice for you and your situation, get in touch with the professionals at Spa Black in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our med spa!