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Botulinum Toxin: A Happy Accident

The toxin that turned out to be one of the main tools of rejuvenation in cosmetic dermatology

Dra. Rosângela Manchini


Botulinum Toxin: A Happy Accident

The history of the toxin

Botulinum toxin has an interesting history. It was accidentally discovered in 1817 by physician Julius Kerner, who found an association between the number of deaths and poisoning by smoked sausages, which in Latin were called botulus. Thus, botulism was discovered.

At the end of the century, other doctors continued to explore botulism until they identified its pathogen and began testing treatments for different purposes, such as neuromuscular disorders. Doctors noticed that injecting the toxin temporarily paralyzed the muscles, stopping involuntary spasms and movement.

The medical uses of botulinum toxin

To this day, botulinum toxin has applications in medicine other than aesthetics, such as in treatments for strabismus and hyperhidrosis, bruxism, hypersialosis, gummy smile, headache, and neck pain caused by muscle tension, among others.

As for its uses in aesthetic dermatology, the substance helps to slightly relax the facial muscles, causing a minor contraction of the structures over them as well, such as the skin.

Botulinum toxin can be used to prevent wrinkles and also as a treatment, helping to smooth out fine lines, leading to smoother skin. The injections give a lifting effect to the face, help arch the eyebrows, and improve face contour and sagging. It is the dermatologist's job to adapt the procedure to your case, meet your needs and desires, and deliver a natural result.

Contraindications to the use of botulinum toxin

The toxin has some relevant contraindications. Applications should not be carried out in cases of lasting infections that are being treated, during pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Another precaution is in cases of neurological conditions, as it is known that the toxin also acts on the nervous system. Dermatologists should also exercise utmost caution in cases of aggravated flaccidity because if the procedure is done improperly, it can worsen the issue.

What about durability?

The effects of the procedure can last from 4 to 6 months, when another application may be necessary. When the product is well administered, its effects are smooth and natural and don't give that stretched look to the skin nor leave the patient completely expressionless.

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