You will find on our website a wide range of botox-related services and, if you are planning on having any of these procedures, it is a good idea to have an understanding of what botox is.
Botox is the trading name of the protein and neurotoxin known in the medical field as the Botulinum Toxin.
– 1897 – Emile van Ermengem found the producer of the botulinum toxin: Clostridium botulinum baterium.
– 1949 – In an experiment, Arnold Burgen’s group found that that botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission.
– 1960 – the year when an ophthalmologist from San Francisco, Alan Scott, started working on a standardised botulinum toxin preparation.
– 1980 – He officially used the same form as used in the experiments to treat Strabism.
– 1989 – Botox is approved by the US FDA.
– 2002 – Cosmetic Botox was approved after extensive testing.
Botox in the cosmetic industry:
There are 2 types of botulinum toxin: Type A (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) and Type B (MyoBloc/Neurobloc). The first one is the one used in the cosmetic industry.
A cosmetic Botox injection consists of a small dose of botulinum toxin. The product blocks the acetylcholine release and decreases the muscle activity. In just a few words, Botox blocks nerve signals, therefore the injected muscle can no longer contract. This results in the softening and relaxing of wrinkles. The result is a younger face, fewer wrinkles or unaesthetic lines.
A Botox injection takes no more than a few minutes. The specialist will use a fine needle to inject the specific muscles. Anesthesia is not needed for this procedure, as it causes only a minor discomfort.