An injection or two that can make you appear years younger, it’s no wonder that Botox ranks as the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S, according to a report published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

But did u know that Botox is used for more than just making people look pretty? Its potential applications range from treating symptoms of neurological disorders all the way to being used as a weapon of war!

In this blog, we’ll go over 5 surprising Botox facts you didn’t know!

It was Discovered via a Case of Food Poisoning

During the 1820s, a man called Dr. Justinus Kerner was attempting to figure out why a couple of sausages led to food poisoning and the eventual death of a few German men. It was during his search that he discovered a toxin. He aptly named it “botulinum” from the Latin root word of botulus, meaning sausage.

It was almost used as a Weapon of War

It was during World War II that the U.S started looking into the use and practicality of biological weapons. According to an article published in the International Journal of Dermatology, botulinum toxin was chosen as an ideal candidate and the plan was to have toxin pills slip into the food and drink of targeted Japanese officers.

Although the capsules were produced, the plan was never carried out.

It isn’t Permanent

Some people assume that a single shot of Botox is all that’s required. However, the results usually last for 4-6 months before you would have to visit the doctor for another round of injections. The good news is that Botox slightly builds up over time and the procedure doesn’t take long—sometimes lasting only for a few minutes.

It Helps People with Chronic Migraines and More

A shot of Botox in the head is perhaps the last thing anyone would want but it turns out that Botox is used to treat numerous conditions including migraines. The FDA has approved Botox not just for treating migraines, but also for a host of other neurological disorders including spasticity and Parkinson’s disease.

It Helps Reduce Excessive Sweating

Some people suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis which causes excessive sweating. Botox is injected into the region with overactive sweat glands such as the hands, armpits, feet, and scalp to treat the condition.

Not surprisingly, Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country. Southern Dermatology provides several Botox treatments in Lawrenceville, Georgia. These include eliminating wrinkles and facial lines! Contact us today for more information!