Monday, May 21, 2012

I’m going to do it and be a brotox man. Yes, just like the women do to get the wrinkles out of their brow, I want a smooth forehead. At $350 dollars a treatment lets do it. Last year more than 300,000 men took their shot to the face. Ten years ago, The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Botox use to be used for cosmetic purposes. It is now the number one wrinkle treatment in America. That is why we see all the old celebrities looking so strangely and surprised stiff clown faces on everyone else too over the age of thirty.
The most surprised person is the doctor that invented the stuff and now doesn’t make any future earnings from it meanwhile Botox continues to be approved for other uses as well. Doctor Allen Scott literally changed the face of America. He never saw the Botox craze coming. In the 1980’s the San Francisco Ophthalmologist was looking for a cure for crossed eyes. He found it but also found that his patients were also noticing that the wrinkles in the area were diminishing with the treatments.
He admits he never though that the Botox could be marketed as a wrinkle treatment; he was all too happy that the eyes were not crossed anymore. He would laugh at their claims and never looked at the practical and very valuable aspect of the Botox as a wrinkle reducer. His accidental discovery that Botox treatments would make wrinkles disappear could have made him a billionaire to the likes of Bill Gates money worldwide.
You might be surprised to learn that Botox is made from a purified mostly harmless neurotoxin that causes the disease botulism. Yes, the stuff that makes cans seem to puff up when kept too long in the pantry. The drug temporally paralyses the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. It essentially makes you younger for about 3 to 4 months. Botox came around and enabled people to do something significant with their looks without doing surgery and without just hoping that some magical cream would work.
For many in Hollywood , Botox has become the drug of choice. It is called Botulinum Toxin Type A a Purified Neurotoxin Complex. Since ten years ago the drug has moved on to mainstream use. Last year alone nearly 6 Million procedures have been performed and it takes only a few days to see the full effect of the treatment and hear from the people you know, “How do you manage to always look so refreshed?”
The worst offenders are those that abuse the treatments. If a little is good, don’t take too much and not expect horrible results. The Celebrities are the worst with wanting more and more of the treatments. They have caused the “frozen face” syndrome that we can all poke fun at. After all, their young beautiful movies is everyone’s comparison. In fact young actors and actresses that died young like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe can forever be immortalized as beautiful because we never had the chance to see them grow old.
Not everyone is on the Botox bandwagon. Very successful actresses like Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo are against the procedure. They say it has to ruin their job of being able to show expression in their acting. Am immovable face would not be good thus Botox is controversial but hasn’t stopped people from trying it for a while. Now there are a growing number of patients claiming it has been helping cure migraine headaches.
Since 2002 Botox has been FDA approved for all kinds of therapeutic applications including migraines, severe underarm sweating, muscle stiffness and just recently urinary incontinence. This has become a break through drug to treat all sorts of things. Doctor Scott the inventor was a great lab person and doctor but admits he was a bad business person.
In 1990 Doctor Allen Scott sold his entire stake in Botox to the pharmaceutical company Allergan for a low sum of $8 Million Dollars considering that today’s reported sum from the sale of the drug is more than $1,000,000,000 BILLION dollars per year and counting. That is enough grief for him to give anyone sympathy wrinkles. Hey! It is treatable though.

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