Unlocking the Mystery Behind Botox
Wrinkles! Unfortunately a part of ageing; oh, if only it would be easy enough just to iron out our wrinkles! Luckily, there actually are effective solutions to correct those wrinkles and fine lines that appear on your face, and many of them are relatively painless and readily accessible. But most suitable candidates for anti-wrinkle treatments are a little wary of taking advantage of these techniques because they just don’t understand how they work.
The history of Botox
Let’s take Botox® for example. Most of us still connect Botox® to botulinum toxin — food poisoning. That connection doesn’t make the thought of injecting this solution into your facial wrinkles very appealing, does it? But with a little knowledge, you might feel better about giving it a try.
It’s true that the first strains of botulinum toxin were discovered by a German scientist in the 1820s while he was investigating the reason people got sick (and often died) from eating spoiled sausages. True story! Decades later, another scientist would study botulinum toxin for similar reasons, discovering seven strains, and four of those strains were harmful to humans.
By the 1950s, researchers had discovered that by using one of the safe forms — named botulinum toxin type A – they could inject that strain into hyperactive muscles to relax them.
That was one of the first medical uses. That caught the attention of several doctors and scientists, and over the next 30 years, more experiments were conducted to figure out how we could harness the positive properties of botulinum toxin.
By the 1980s, many drug agencies around the world approved botulinum toxin for use in humans, treating a number of disorders including facial and vocal spasms.
But how does it work?
While Botox® was mainly being used for a number of medical issues, some doctors started noticing their patients experienced a reduction in frown lines and wrinkles during use. To simplify it, the word got out, and the desire for Botox injections spiked until there was a Botox shortage in the U.S. in 1997!
Today, anti wrinkle injections in Maroochydore at Inject Skin (and several other reputable clinics around the world) are the number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment primarily because it is both safe and effective and patients experience relatively few — if any — side effects. Technically speaking, Botox® (anti-wrinkle injections) works by reducing or blocking the release of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that is needed for the muscles to contract. These injections relax the muscles so that they cannot pull the overlying skin into creases, which is how wrinkles form.
Botox® is commonly used to correct crows feet around the eyes, wrinkles on the forehead or in the glabellar region between the eyes.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are often referred to as “lunchtime” wrinkle treatments because most people who try Botox® injections can get the treatment during their lunch break and still have time to eat and go back to work. It’s that easy!