The history of Botox injections - Dr Benouaiche - Paris


How was the aesthetic role of Botox in treating facial wrinkles discovered?

Botox is a molecule produced in the USA by the Allergan laboratory, derived from a natural strain that produces botulinum toxin.

Allergan extracts it and dispatches the product to its factory in Westport, Ireland, where the toxin is prepared, measured and distributed in hundreds of millions of bottles worldwide each year.

Botox for medical indications

Botox was initially used for medical indications, particularly in children with strabismus (which is a condition where the eyes are misaligned) in order to relax the eye’s motor muscles. It is also used for eyelid disorders, neurologically impaired bladders that contract poorly, and spastic paralysis where children are unable to walk.

Dr. Carruthers open the way to aesthetic medicine

The Carruthers are a canadian couple, him being an ophthalmologist and her being a dermatologist. They have highlighted the exceptional role of Botox in treating forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

As an ophthalmologist, he used the product to treat blepharospasm cases, an eyelid disorder. While reviewing the photos of the results with his wife, she noticed that the patients also had less wrinkles.

Clinical studies were then initiated to validate this result and helped identify the most effective doses and injection points for treating forehead and eyelid wrinkles.

Botox indications are expanding!

In 1993, a marketing authorization was obtained for the treatment of forehead wrinkles and in 2013, another one to treat crow’s feet lines.

Botox is also used to lift the tip of the nose (see medical rhinoplasty), reduce chin sagging, treat wrinkles around the lips and cleavage lines. Nefertiti lift is also achieved through Botox injections in the facial contour.

Another great indication is the treatment of heavy sweating in the hands, feet and armpits. The treatment of hyperhidrosis with Botox has been a real life-changer for many people who can now dress as they wish without being bothered by sweating.

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