The Real History Behind the Birth of Botox

Emma | 01 - 03 - 2022
Real History Behind the Birth of Botox

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that help to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox is a quick and easy procedure that provides smoother and younger-looking skin. But, do you know about Botulinum toxin discovery? There are various fake botox origins stories, so here we have gathered the real history behind the birth of botox. 

What was the history behind the birth of Botox?

Clostridium botulinum(Botox) was discovered by Belgium scientist Emile Pierre van Ermengem. The purified form of botulinum toxin type A was first isolated by Dr. Herman Sommer at the University of California, San Francisco. However, it took 20 years to finally isolate botulinum toxin in crystalline form, and it was done by Dr. Edward Schantz. But when was Botox first used medically? Botox was first used to treat crossed eyes in 1981, and it is considered the first-ever use of botulinum toxin for therapeutic purposes. 

Accidentally Discovery of Botox 

While experimenting with this procedure, scientists discovered botulinum toxin reduced the wrinkles in the glabella (the skin between the eyebrows and above the nose). Botox received FDA approval in 1989 for problems with the eye muscles. But, it got FDA approval for cosmetic procedures in 2002. However, Botox was primarily used to treat forehead wrinkles. Apart from cosmetic treatments, Botox is used to treat several health issues as follows- 

Who Discovered Botox?
  • A. Emile Pierre
  • B. Paul Rudolph
  • C. Galileo Galilei
  • D. None of the Above
  • Neck and shoulder spasms
  • Eyelid spasms
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) 
  • Overactive bladder 
  • Lazy eye 

Now you might have known about the remarkable story of Botox. Get to know Botox’s merits and demerits. 

How Does it Work? 

After injecting Botulinum toxin into the muscle, it spreads and binds through the nerve terminal and prevents the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter without which muscle activity stops. It stops spasms and smooth wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. This is how Botox works. In short, Botox works by paralyzing wrinkles. There are various side-effects of Botox, and the effects will last up to 3 to 6 months.  

Here are a few facts about Botox that you should know

  • Botox treatment is not permanent.  
  • It is quite a painful treatment. 
  • It takes less than 15 minutes for botox injections.
  • Botox can also treat depression and excessive sweating. 
  • Botox is safe and effective.  


Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with neurological disorders should not get botox injections. Botox is not only for celebrities, but it also doesn’t work for all. So, you should consult your doctor before getting a Botox injection. 


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