Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments to address signs of aging. Over time your muscles produce furrows and deep lines on your skin around the eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and forehead. Botox® targets the problematic muscles to reduce contractions and improve dynamic lines and wrinkles.
The History of Botox®
Botox®, originally called Oculinum, was used to treat an eye condition called strabismus. Dr. Brin injected Oculinum to help with treatments as temporary assistance to his patients.
Through research, Dr. Brin discovered further uses in treating muscle spasms. While administering treatments, patients began reporting reduced lines and wrinkles around areas of the face that were treated.
In 1992, Allergen remarketed Oculinum as Botox® for cosmetic purposes. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox® to treat moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows). As Botox® became more popular, the FDA approved its use for crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Over the years, Botox® dosages were adjusted to minimize wrinkles without freezing the face. Each unit is minute in its dosage–less than a gram of the purified protein is enough for a year-long supply for the world’s medical and cosmetic treatments.