A Wrinkle Out of Time: The History of Botox

Have you ever wondered about where botox came from before it wound up at Botixue’s Tacoma botox clinic? The journey from the deadly botulism toxin to the amazing beauty treatment that we know today is a long and fascinating one.

The story of botox goes back to the 1950’s, when Dr. Edward J. Schantz purified the botulism toxin in crystalline form. The muscle-relaxing attributes of the toxin were already understood, and the pioneer doctor saw potential for the toxin as a cure for crossed eyes. Over time, the toxin was treating all sorts of muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and other conditions until somebody made an important discovery: the patients of these treatments were coming away looking surprisingly youthful. This was the birth of the anti-wrinkle treatment that we know and love today!