Botulinum A Toxin
This product is produced by Medytox, in South Korea,
who manufacture it using an enhanced purification process.
Soraya Sabetian R.N. Performing Botulinum A Injections for a patient at her clinic in Auckland.
The History of Botulinum A Toxin
Neurologists and Eye Specialists have used Botulinum A Toxin in the treatment of facial and neck muscle spasm for many years.
It was noted that patients treated for these indications lost their “frown lines”.
About 1994 cosmetic dermatologists began using the Toxin to actively treat frown lines and later “crow’s feet” around the eyes.
The common areas injected are the glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows, lines that run horizontal across the forehead and crow’s feet from the corners of the eyes.
As time has gone on it has been realised that many of the facial muscles respond well to botulinum giving a rejuvenated appearance.
Botulinum A Toxin is now used widely for medical indications requiring muscle relaxarion e.g cerebral palsy, migraine and bladder irritability.
What is Botulinum A Toxin?
Botulinum A toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
An infection with clostridium botulinum can be fatal as the large amounts of toxin produced by the bacterium can paralyse the respiratory muscles and cause asphyxiation. This is a form of food poisoning. However the tiny amounts of toxin injected for cosmetic or medical reasons do not cause asphyxiation and Botulinum A Toxin is one of the safest and simplest cosmetic treatments you can receive.
It has been widely used not only in the cosmetic field including facial wrinkle reductions but also in the therapeutic areas for patients with blepharospasm, cerebral palsy, muscle spasticity and irritability. The product is produced in strictly regulated conditions and although it contains a minute amount of human blood protein (Human Albumin) modern screening procedures reduce the risk of bloodborne diseases.