TO BOTOX OR NOT TO BOTOX??
This is a very personal decision.
Akin, in fact, to dying your hair, eating junk food or not exercising. Wrinkles, fine lines, dropping sagging skin happens as a result of gravity and loss of elastic tissues as we age. How are you going to handle these issues? This article talks about the fact of Botox as an option.
All choices can have side effects. Talking with your doctor is the first step. Evaluating time, expense and lifestyle is also important. However you should be aware that the effects of Botox® are temporary and need to be repeated at regular intervals for continued effect.
Botox® treatments can help reduce wrinkles of the forehead, frown lines and crows feet by immobilizing the muscles that cause them.
Is it safe?
Botox®has been in use for over 20 years now and was approved for cosmetic use in the United States in 2002.
Botox Cosmetic® has been the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for the last several years running. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 5.7 million treatments of Botox Cosmetic® performed in 2011 alone.
How long does each treatment last?
Botox® treatments take less than 20 minutes and allow you to return to normal daily activities immediately, just no working out for four hours after. You will start to notice results a few days after the treatment but it takes two weeks for the full effects to be seen. Patients can expect treatment results to last for three to four months.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a trade name for botulinum toxin A.
In this way, Botox® is related to botulism. Botulism is a form of food poisoning that occurs when someone eats something containing a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin A is one of the neurotoxins produced by Clostridium botulinum.
How does it work?
It paralyzes muscles.
With muscle paralysis in one area, the muscles in an adjacent area are required to take over. The muscles will stay paralyzed for about 3 months.
Botox® is used to treat a number of different issues. Cosmetically, frown lines, droopy eye lids and crows feet around the eyes (Dermal Fillers are more often used for areas around the mouth and nose).
Click here for an informative YouTube video that describes how it actually works.
Other conditions successfully treated by botulinum toxin A involve muscle spasms, blepharospasm, cervical dytonia, dystonia and migraines.
Not sure if Botox® is right for you?
- Don’t be afraid to call and find out more from your local doctor or plastic surgeon
- Make sure the doctors office requires a complete medical history
- Drop by for a consultation, these are normally free.
- Bring a list of medicines and herbal supplements you are taking
- Ask to see before and after pictures of the physician's work
- Ask about recovery time
- Review your lifestyle to see if anything you do has counter indications
Warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Botox needs to be administered by a Medical Professional
- Alcohol may worsen the bruising around injection site
- Botox Parties are often not conducted in a “controlled medical environment” which could cause complications
What Does Botox Cost?
Botox can average about between $10-14 per unit. See picture for average amounts in each area. An average cost for most visits is around $100-200.
Aging happens to all of us. How you choose to handle fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin is a decision only you can make. The article was intended to give you the facts. lease read reviews on Botox, talk with people who have had it done, and seek medical advice from a certified physician. Injections into the body are not something to take lightly. This article is not intended as medical advice or diagnosis. Joyous Skin Care does not provide any injection services please contact your local plastic surgeon for more information.