March 31, 2010

Happy Birthday BOTOX!


While the results are temporary, I have a feeling BOTOX® is here to stay.

Did you know BOTOX is the most popular non-surgical beauty treatment in the world? It is also one of the world’s most versatile and most widely researched medicines in the world.

Botulinum toxin, a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum has been researched for over 100 years.  Since it was identified in 1895, researchers have been intrigued by its potential therapeutic uses. 

In 1987, Jean Carruthers discovered that injections of botulinum type A could erase lines and wrinkles.  Botox was first approved on March 14th, 1990 for the treatment of misaligned eyes, uncontrollable blinking and nerve disorder.  Soon to follow would be approvals to reduce the symptoms of muscle contractions in the neck and foot deformity.  Most recently, in July 2004, BOTOX was granted approval in the United States to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating.  A similar product is BOTOX Cosmetic®, which is approved for the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. 

Today, BOTOX is one of the most popular physician-administered aesthetic prescription procedures and researchers are exploring many medical uses for BOTOX.  It is currently seeking approval from the FDA for migraine headaches.

Why is the product so popular?  Many believe this is because of its ability to achieve predictable and measurable results through a relatively simple treatment that requires no surgery. 

Happy Birthday, BOTOX!  Make a wish!

Contributed by:  Ashley Popham

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