Women are constantly seeking products to look younger and often they are digging deep into their pocket books to try new products. Some have had laser treatments, some have spend exorbitant amounts on new face creams, some have tried holistic or natural approaches. Woman and I might add men are always on quest for a more youthful appearance. Many have turned to Botox® .
What we know for certain is Botox® anti-aging treatment works. In 2003 in US 8.3 million cosmetic procedures where done. Of that 8.3 million 78% of procedures did not involve surgery such as injectables to ease wrinkles.
Botox® ® is trade name for botulinum toxin A.What Botox® does is “paralyze muscles and soft tissue fillers” which are derived from natural collagen and restore plumpness. Originally Botox® was used to treat uncontrollable blinking. Doctors soon discovered patients being treated for blinking were obtaining a more youthful appearance – thus future of Botox® took a turn down cosmetic road.
The protein compound of Botox® actually causes botulism which can result in paralysis. When it is injected into skin muscle stops contracting it causes skin to relax and wrinkle to soften. Botox® works best on individuals who have deep set highly visible wrinkles. It is mostly used on forehead, between eyes, and on crow feet. It takes 3-5 days after injection for effects to occur which last 3-4 months.
Some people are having “Botox® Parties” where everyone gets together for cocktails and their Botox® injection. We strongly recommend you do not partake in these parties. Seek medical advise if your are considering a Botox® treatment. If you are thinking about a Botox® treatment make certain your Doctor uses FDA approved Botox® and only get treatments form a licensed Doctor. Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons are most expert in administering Botox® so if either of these are an option I would recommend taking that route. Get a few recommendations for doctors and check each one out thoroughly. Check if they are board certified, get references if at all possible, schedule an appointment for a consultation which will give you a better indication if you are comfortable with your choice. Ask your doctor to show you before and after pictures of procedures he has done.