A brief history
Botulinum (Botox®) was originally discovered when beef was improperly cooked before canning. The Botulinum bacteria grow in the meat and when you consumed the beef, it paralised you. It was a long, long time before people realised that you could use it medically to relax specific muscles. To put Botulinum’s toxicity into perspective, you would require 96×50 units phials (see picture above) of Bocouture® injected into you all at once to have half a chance of killing you – a pretty staggering dose – and no-one has tried! We normally use about one 50 unit vial. In 1998 the toxin was used for eyelid spasms. It was found that as a result the eyes also opened up – in essence, the person got a brow lift. By 2002 it was licensed by the food and drug administration (FDA) in America to treat ‘crows feet’ and ‘frown lines’, becoming widely popular. It’s very effective – tiny amounts injected under the skin can get dramatic effects. It is very safe in the right hands and sourced from the most prestigious of manufacturers.