Ten years ago, women were slathering creams on their faces in hopes of reducing the signs of aging. Then a game changer arrived in the cosmetic world, Botox in Temecula. This injectable gel is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which is marked with huge popularity. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox was the most popular procedure of 2011, with more than two million procedures happening last year alone. While Botox is in high demand, there are several historical factors that few people know about the beauty enhancer.
According to CBS, San Francisco ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Scott is credited with creating Botox as a treatment for crossed eyes. His clinical trials showed an unexpected side effect; patients said the treatment erased fine lines and wrinkles. This accidental discovery made the injectable gel famous.
Scott said his patients made remarks like, “’Oh, doctor, I’ve come to get the lines out,’” he told the news source about his eye patients who were among the first people to receive Botox. “And I would laugh, ‘Ha-ha,’ but I really wasn’t that tuned into the practical, and valuable aspect of that.”
Scott sold his Botox creation to a pharmaceutical company, Allergan. Eventually, the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic uses and it is now generating one billion dollars in revenue each year.
“When approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox Cosmetic changed the way that physicians could treat patients who were interested in improving the appearance of their vertical frown lines between the brows,” said David E.I. Pyott, President and CEO of Allergan, Inc., according to the news source. “Botox Cosmetic has become the number-one neuromodulator in the United States.”
While Botox has become a cosmetic phenomenon, few people know what the gel is made from. Botox comes from a toxin. In large doses, it’s the same toxin that causes the life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. However, doctor’s using Botox for cosmetic purposes only use it is small doses. Once injected, the liquid weakens or paralyzes certain muscles and blocks certain nerves, which leads to smoother looking skin. The effects last about three to four months.
Patients utilizing Botox treatments have to repeat the injections about four times a year to maintain the youthful look. While these repeated appointments might deter some from the procedure, many women say the results are remarkably better than the old creams suggested a decade ago.
If you’re interested in a minimally-invasive way to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and an overall rejuvenated look, trust Dr. Kincaid, a board-certified plastic surgeon, to achieve your desired look. Book your consultation today at our Temecula office by calling 951-695-9934.
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