The Magical Science of Botulinum Toxin


The science of Botox has been in our reach for nearly three decades and it has been going more popular each time. While botox, also known as botulinum toxin, has been safely used for medical disorders since the 1980’s, there is a continuing increase of interest for the cosmetic applications.

In 1992, Alastair and Jean Carruthers published the first scientific abstract about botulinum toxin as a cosmetic indication. Dr. Jean Carruthers observed that patients she had treated for blepharospasm with the use of the toxin showed a decrease in the frown lines.  Also, about the same time, a group at Columbia University also noticed the decrease of dynamic lines of facial expressions with the use of botulinum toxins. With this discovery came into fruition the use of botulinum toxin as a prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.

Due to the fact that botulinum inactivates the muscle contraction, its cosmetic indications have been directed in reducing lines of active facial expression. These lines develop and can make our appearance look older.

Although this injection was first used for other medical disorders other than facial lines, there is no doubt that it is here to stay.

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Drs. Maurizio and Roberto Viel have over 25 years of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery industry, and are known for their expertise in cosmetic surgeries (Breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction) and cosmetic treatment ( laser treatment, dermal fillers, hyperpigmentation treatment and facial rejuvenation).