5 Strange Facts About Botox That'll Blow Your Mind

injectablesBotox is a quick, noninvasive cosmetic surgery that makes people look younger without having to endure the long healing process involved with other procedures. And with plastic surgery growing in popularity by 39% in the past five years, botox will likely continue to be a go-to procedure for those who wish to look as young as they feel. Here are five crazy facts you might not have known about this cosmetic procedure.
    1. It was discovered because of food poisoning In the 1820s, a doctor by the name of Justinus Kerner was trying to discover what was in a batch of blood sausages that was making several dozen German people sick. Eventually, he was led to a toxin in the food, which he later coined "botulism" (from the Latin word meaning sausage). The name was later changed to "botulinum toxin." Plastic surgeons use a strain of botulinum toxin for botox procedures.
 
    1. It almost became a weapon Before it was one of the most popular injectables in cosmetic surgery, botox was a contender to be used as a biological weapon in World War II. One of the plans involved slipping botulinum toxin pills into the food and drinks of Japanese officers. The pills were made, but the plan never came to fruition.
 
    1. It can assist people with depression There are promising studies involving botox as a treatment for depression. A study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research explores the theory that since our emotions are closely linked to our facial muscles and expressions, paralyzing those muscles can lift our mood.
 
    1. It can help reduce excessive sweating Botox treatments can help people who have hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as excessive sweating. When injected into the sweat glands, it temporarily blocks the signals to the nerves that tell your body to produce sweat. This means seven to eight months free of stained shirts and soaked armpits.
 
  1. It can be used to help chronic pain Much like how injecting botox into sweat glands reduces excessive sweating, it can reduce pain when it is safely injected into specific muscle groups. Botox blocks the signal given to those muscle groups, preventing them from contracting. This leads to much less pain and a higher quality of life for anyone dealing with constant, chronic pain.
Clearly, there is more to these unassuming injectables than the well-known cosmetic uses. And we are discovering more and more benefits for botox every single day. For more information on botox and other injectables, please contact Head and Neck Specialities