Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about botox and its history.
Botox® injections were first approved in 1989 for therapeutic use in Blepharospasm and Strabismus. Since that time, botox in the medical field has continued to expand.
Botox® injections have come a long way from those early years and now is the treatment of choice for the non surgical improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.
The big breakthrough for botox came when ophthalmologist Dr. Jean Carruthers noticed her patients were looking fabulously wrinkle–free. After Dr. Carruthers and her husband’s (a dermatologist) study on Botox®’s ability to decrease frown lines was published.
Botox® does get a bad press for two reasons. The first is that people associate it as a poison. In theory they are correct, but the amount of botox needed to become dangerous is so off the radar compared to the small quantities we need to inject to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox®, like any other medicines is therapeutic at the correct dose bit dangerous in high doses.
The second stigma attached to botox is the frozen look adopted by many celebrities. You can control the effects of the botox treatments via the dilutions and the quantity injected. I always advise and recommend my botox patients to go for the natural look. This means they can still carry out facial expressions but their lines are either eliminated or reduced. Most of the public will not notice that my patients have undertaken botox treatments.
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