The immobilising properties that make Botox sound potentially morbid are the same ones that make it an incredible drug. During the 1980s, researchers discovered that these properties were of tremendous benefit for patients suffering from involuntary muscle spasms associated with illnesses such as cerebral palsy. Compared to the other treatments available at the time, such as muscle relaxants, Botox was found to be the most effective since it worked quickly and had minimal side effects. In 1989 Botox was approved for the treatment of strabismus [commonly known as crossed eyes") and blepharospasm (involuntary winking]. The following year Botox was granted another approval, this time for cervical dystonia.The story of how Botox transformed from a medical drug to one with myriad beauty benefits is as fascinating as Botox itself. Anophthalmologist in Canada. Dr Jean Carruthers. noticed that the patients whom she was treating with Botox were not only seeing an improvement with their medical conditions, but the wrinkles in the surrounding areas were virtually disappearing Intrigued by this development, Dr Carruthers mentioned it to her husband, who happened to do a dermatologist. Just as intrigued, the dermatologist began to try out Botox on his patients, starting with his thirty-year-old, receptionist with deep creases between her eyebrows, and arrived at the same conclusion as his wife. A few years later, in 1990, the first medical paper was written on the potential of Botox as a significant aid in the field of cosmetic dermatology, bringing Botox greater recognition and acceptance among cosmetic dermatologists.*47\82\8*
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