Today, many people have been turning to Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or remove them altogether. In a recent survey, 74% of people that had used Botox in the past were very satisfied with the results and would recommend the treatment to others.
Botox has gained such a reputation of success that some groups of people regularly have Botox parties in which the guests all receive injections over drinks and conversation.
Although Botox was approved for a few medical treatments unrelated to wrinkles in 1989, the Food and Drug Administration did not approve the drug for use in cosmetic treatment until 2002.
However, even before the drug's official approval, it arose as a viable solution to sagging skin. Before considering Botox injections, as with any non-surgical procedure, it is important that you are familiar with how it works and what to expect when you begin treatment. Below are several items to consider when contemplating whether Botox injections may be right for you. In addition, it is always highly recommended that you consult your medical professional before moving forward with any non-surgical procedure.
How does Botox Work?
The actual chemical name of Botox is botulinum toxin A. In fact, the same agents that are contained in the drug are the agents responsible for a form of food poisoning called botulism. There are many serious symptoms of botulism but the one symptom that causes this drug to be used for the reduction of wrinkles is muscular paralysis. The neurotoxin within Botox (referred to as botulinum) blocks out signals that command muscle contraction.
The powerful neurotoxin is safe when isolated to the muscles of the face. However, when people die of botulism in the same way, the most common reason is the spread of the neurotoxin to muscles contained within the chest. With the ability for the respiratory muscles to contract breathing becomes first labored and then impossible.
When injected (using a syringe) into the tiny muscles of the face, Botox will not spread to other parts of the body. In countless clinical trials, the proper use of Botox has been shown to be completely safe in all patients under the age of 65. Beyond the temporary correction of wrinkles or frown lines, Botox is valuable in ceasing muscle spasms caused by conditions like cervical dystonia and strabismus (both serious involuntary muscle contraction problems).
It is important to note that Botox will never permanently remove wrinkles. The paralyzing of the muscles to smooth and tighten skin will normally last from 3-8 months. Following an injection, results may not set in for a few days but that does not mean that the drug is not working. Depending on your physiology and the strength of the drug, results can set in within a couple of hours or longer.
Advantages of Using Botox
Disadvantages of Using Botox
Possible Side Effects of Botox
Although side effects are usually mild and readily treatable, you should be aware of some of the side effects that you may experience as a result of the treatment:
Is Botox Right for You?
Botox, although cheaper than surgical alternatives, is usually considered to be an expensive investment for the average person. On the other hand, it is one of the few skin treatments that is temporary and yet yields fantastic results.
If you are unhappy with the current appearance of your wrinkles or fine lines, you may want to consider Botox as a viable solution. Most of the side effects are rare and mild while ones that are intense are almost always quickly resolved.
While having your body injected with foreign toxins may sound horrible, Botox is considered safe and reliable in almost all cases.
The administration of Botox is performed in a very quick session (typically 5-10 minutes) and the results normally appear anywhere from 2 hours to a couple of days.
Be sure to speak with your doctor before beginning treatment to see if you are a good candidate for this drug.
This being said, it is always a good idea to fully understand the "pros" and "cons" of a medical procedure before having the procedure performed.