CBC News: 30 years ago, this Vancouver doctor pioneered use of Botox for cosmetic purposes
We are incredibly proud of the role Dr. Jean Carruthers played in the legacy of BOTOX®. The popularity of this neurotoxin continues to rise, as does it uses, well beyond beauty.
CBC News reporter Maryse Zeidler spent some time with Dr. Jean Carruthers last week to learn more about her story and how BOTOX® came to be one of the world’s most common cosmetic procedures.
“Cathy Swann was around 30 years old and working as a medical receptionist when she first started getting Botox to treat a deep wrinkle between her eyebrows. “It was a little daunting watching the needle coming to your forehead between your eyes,” Swann said from her home in Penticton, B.C.
The year was 1987 and Swann wasn’t just any receptionist.
She was working for Dr. Jean Carruthers, a Vancouver-based ophthalmologist who pioneered the use of Botox, a botulism-based toxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles, for cosmetic purposes.”