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History of Botox

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Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinum toxin, Allergan) has an interesting history.

Physicians and patients in Portland and across the globe have one doctor to thank for the consistent wrinkle relaxing results that Botox provides. In the late 1970s an ophthalmologist was trying to find an alternative to surgery to help people with strabismus, or crossed eyes. The unique ability of Botox injections to relax muscles led to the discovery that relaxing the muscles behind the eye could straighten out crossed eyes. Other eye doctors began using Botox for this treatment and eyelid twitching.

Most physicians agree that it was then ophthalmologist Dr. Jean Carruthers, in the late 1980s who first used Botox to treat wrinkles. She noticed in her practice that patients who had been treated for eyelid twitching showed improvement in surrounding wrinkles. This led to her developing patterns of injection to treat brow, forehead, and crow’s feet wrinkles.

By the 1990’s Botox treatment for wrinkles had spread across the globe. In 2002 the FDA first approved Botox for cosmetic use in the brow area. Since then it has been approved for both crow’s feet and forehead lines. Now Botox Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world, with millions of people annually being treated.

With consistent use every 3 months there truly is no match for Botox Cosmetic when treating upper face wrinkles. When combined with dermal fillers like Juvederm, and other resurfacing treatments such as microneedling and fractional lasers, Botox has become the core treatment of an overall approach to treating facial aging.

Derek Norcom, MD