Botox has become a wildly-popular cosmetic injectable over the past couple decades, but there are still a lot of myths and misinformation about it— this could be because most people most closely associate Botox with cosmetic treatments. In fact, Botox has a long and unique history of use before it became a popular cosmetic option! Here are a few interesting things to know about this injectable as you plan your consultation.
It Was First Used to Treat Strabismus
Strabismus, which is the term for misalignment of the eyes; and can sometimes require surgery. However, Botox became the preferred solution when it was first used in the 1970s to relax the eye muscles causing it. After FDA approval and clinical testing, it was sold to the pharmaceutical giant Allergan who developed it into the injectable widely used today. However, it still maintains its medical roots, since it’s used to treat many different conditions like migraines, muscle spasms, urinary incontinence, hyperhidrosis, and bruxism.
It’s Made with a Modified Form of Botulinum Toxin
Botulism is a serious condition that affects the nerves and thus the muscles in the body, and it can be caused by contact with toxins that can be produced by certain bacteria commonly found in foods or infections. However, paralyzing certain muscles can be beneficial to certain conditions, and so Botox is made from heavily-diluted botulinum toxin type A, which is one of the many types that exist. This means that Botox is safe and effective when administered by a licensed and experienced provider.
Virtually Any Medical Provider Can Administer It
Because Botox is so widely used for many different reasons, there’s little requirement for credentials when it comes to who can provide it. All physicians, no matter what specialty, can administer neurotoxins such as Botox. Nurses, nurse practicioners, and PA’s, depending on state laws may inject botox. You should beware that some counterfeit products also exist in order to undercut prices. You should always verify your chosen provider’s credentials, ask for before-and-after photos, and use common sense when it comes to cheap prices to make sure your injections will be safe and effective.