Botox is such a famous brand name that some people think it has been around for a long time. That is true, but not for the reasons it became so famous. Botox was only approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of wrinkles. Obviously, since that time this neuromodulator has taken the aesthetic world by storm. Each year, Botox is the single most popular cosmetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical.
But Botox was working in other areas of human health long before it took on crow’s feet. Here are some additional facts about Botox:
The origins or Botox
Most people have some idea that Botox comes from the bacteria that also cause botulism. Clostridium botulinum is the organism from which Botox is derived. Surprisingly, these bacteria can be found in their inactive form all through the natural environment, including in cultivated soil and in forest soil, and in the sediment of lakes, streams, coastal and untreated waters. Maybe that’s why your Mom told you never to eat dirt!
Botox is no stranger to the medical world; it has been used medicinally for decades. After it was found that the botulinum toxin type A, when injected in very small amounts, could make muscles temporarily stop contracting it was tried in various capacities. It is now used for the following therapeutic applications:
Strabismus (crossed eyes)
Blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid spasms)
Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
Chronic migraine headaches
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)