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How The Beauty Industry Was Forever Changed

Utah Valley Dermatology previously explored the surge of Botox injections in men, but haven’t really taken a look at the epicenter of the seismic movement that is this wonder treatment known as Botox and how it changed the beauty and skin care world.


Botox, or Botulinum toxin (BTX), has come a long way since the days of the Wurstgift, the German word for sausage poison, when in the 1920’s Dr. Justinus Kerner delved into a case of food poisoning due to badly prepared blood sausages and decided, in the noble name of science, to inject himself with the toxin just to see what exactly would happen. He survived the ill-recommended experiment of what is now a common procedure known has Botox injections and went on to advance research on the powerful toxin, though he certainly had a rather unsavory experience of it at the time.


Once food-borne botulism was understood, and both treatment and prevention became commonplace, the 1950’s and 1960’s saw research veer into the beneficial aspects of Botox. With the purification of botulinum toxin type A into crystalline form, it was discovered that a small Botox injection into muscle tissue caused a block in the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings, which basically translated into the muscle relaxing temporarily.

It wasn’t until 1988, however, that the use of Botox was approved by the FDA for the treatment of spasms of the eyelid muscles (strabismus and blepharospasm), effectively releasing it upon the world in a manner of speaking. Not long after that, drug manufacturer Allergan acquired the patent for this crystalized toxin and officially changed the drug’s name to the trendier and easier to pronounce Botox and with that was the birth of the popular procedure of Botox injections.

Fast forward to the 1990’s and among the plethora of beneficial uses for Botox, ranging from treatment of cerebral palsy in children to bladder spams, it was discovered that patients being treated for eyelid spams were starting to lose their wrinkles and frown lines. Brow wrinkles had finally met their match and by 1997 the use of Botox injections had skyrocketed, going as far as causing a shortage, though it was short-lived thanks to the FDA’s quick approval of a new batch.

The new millennium saw no stop for the meteoric rise of Botox usage, with the variety of its applications only getting wider and into more fields of medicine and the famous or infamous – depending on who you ask – neurotoxin ballooned into a billion-dollar colossus.


Not all uber-successful products have a lasting cultural impact, yet Botox has become so ubiquitous, a hard-coded part of modern popular culture, that it has changed English vernacular and made its way into television and movies, as well as everyday life. But aside from its cultural phenomenon status, and all the creative uses of it for fictional entertainment purposes, Botox injections continue to be the answer to the proverbial prayers of women and men all over the world looking to remain young-looking and beautiful; the fountain of youth in an injectable presentation and, better yet, readily available to all who seek it.

Most myths surrounding Botox injections have been thoroughly disproven, and its safety has been corroborated by countless independent studies and backed by millions of happy, healthy, and most importantly satisfied patients.  The success of the product can be seen in Botox before and after images around the world.



Botox treatment is one of the safest and easiest options for treatment of a large variety of conditions and is a great beauty aid.  However, as with all drugs and medical procedures, it is important to consult with your local dermatologist or other qualified medical professional if Botox injections is both safe and right for you.Utah Valley Dermatology has a team of experts in the field of dermatology.  Dr. David Myers and the staff understand how important it is to look and feel your best.  Utah Valley Dermatology offers Botox injections and several other options of Botox treatment.  The most updated Botox products are available to optimize our clients desired result and overall experience.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Myers of Utah Valley Dermatology if you are interested in Botox injections, other Botox treatments or if you have any questions or concerns about Botox treatments.  Utah Valley Dermatology, the best skin care by a caring staff!