Botox is now one of the most well-known substances for treating dynamic expression lines and wrinkles. But did you know that Botox has been around for many years and can treat a myriad of medical conditions?
Here at ELZ Aesthetics in Warrington and Hale, we treat hundreds of patients with Botox to reveal a more youthful complexion, but we don’t forget how versatile a substance Botulinum Toxin Type A is and thought we would share our knowledge on where Botox hailed from and how it can change lives.
The history of Botox
Clostridium botulinum, the substance from where Botox is derived, was originally discovered by Belgian scientist, Emile Pierre van Ermengem after a botulism outbreak in her home country after people became ill after eating contaminated sausages.
By the 1920s, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, first attempt to isolate the toxin. However, it took a further 20 years before this happened and botulinum toxin was finally isolated in crystalline form by Dr. Edward Schantz.
Conditions treated with Botox
During the 1970s, scientists started using botulinum toxin to treat a condition called Strabismus (crossed eyes). While testing the treatment on monkeys, the researchers noticed that the toxin reduced wrinkles in the glabella (lines between the eyebrows and above the nose).
After botulinum toxin proved successful in the treatment of strabismus, the pharmaceutical giant Allergan licensed this treatment, branding it “Botox”. Since then, Botox has received FDA approval for a variety of medical and cosmetic uses including the following:
• Severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms
• Chronic migraine
• Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
• Strabismus (crossed eyes)
• Blepharospasm (eyelid spasms)
• Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
• Overactive bladder
• Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) over-activity – causing urinary incontinence
• Facial spasms
• Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
• Canthal lines (crow’s feet)
Botox in Hale and Warrington with ELZ Aesthetics
At ELZ Aesthetics Dr. Ahmed administers Botox for expression lines and wrinkles to create a smoother and more youthful facial appearance.
Results can last up to 6 months, so this is an extremely cost-effective, long-term way to reduce crow’s feet, forehead lines, Glabellar lines and any dynamic lines you may wish to treat in the upper face.
Before any treatment, Dr. Ahmed will request that you attend a no obligation consultation to determine your suitability for Botox.
Book your consultation with us today to find out more about Botox and get treatment with our medical aesthetics expert, Dr. Ahmed.