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Beginner’s Guide to Botox

People spend thousands on the latest products from creams to serums that promise to reduce wrinkles and refresh that youthful glow.  But creams aren’t enough, they only affect the top-most layer of the skin’s surface, the epidermis. For more lasting results many undergo elective aesthetic procedures to reverse the signs of aging. Somewhere in the middle are the people who want more than a cream and  less than surgery, which is where Botox Cosmetic fits on the spectrum. Anyone that still thinks of sliced bread as one of the greatest things ever invented has never tried Botox. But given it’s popularity most everyone has tried Botox, and given it’s safety most everyone should. 

What Botox Cosmetic is

Botox Cosmetic is a miracle worker enables people to quickly, painlessly and safely erase years of damage like magic.  Botox treatments are made from a small amount of purified neurotoxic protein made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species.

How Botox Works

Medical professionals use an ultra-fine needle to inject Botox intramuscularly (into the tiny muscles of the face). Botox temporarily relaxes and weakens the muscles it’s injected into.  Inhibiting the muscles’ ability to make facial  expressions, thereby greatly reduces the fine lines they cause.

Popular Uses

It’s most commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, especially in the upper third of the face. Botox injections are most commonly administered into 3 areas of the face:

  1. The glabellar muscle to minimize frown lines between the eyebrows
  2. Orbicularis occuli and surrounding smile muscles crows’ feet around the eyes
  3. The muscles of the forehead

Less common, but still popular is use to lessen the appearance of wrinkles around the corners of the mouth and neck.  Botox is also used to treat excessive sweating, headaches, muscle spasms, and a variety of medical conditions. 

Downtime

There is no downtime or recovery associated with Botox injections as compared with other inpatient cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, laser or photo treatments and surgical procedures. Botox is delivered quickly, outpatient by a doctor.  The aftercare instructions are simple. Most doctors recommend keeping your head elevated by not laying down for up to  4 hours after being injected. Botox is safe. It doesn’t require anesthesia or sedation and there is little to no pain.

Effect Duration

It varies from person to person, depending on age, metabolism, amount injected, etc.  but the effects of Botox typically last for about 2-3 months. 

Cost

Botox can cost anywhere from $10-20/unit to around $200 per treatment area. While it’s true that injections need to be on a continual cycle, they cost a couple hundred vs a couple thousand dollars.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects can include slight bruising, minor headache, swelling or redness, but all occurrences are rare and last temporary.

Benefits

We admittedly live in a youth and beauty-fixated culture where many seemingly want to “Keep Up with the Kardashians”. But the majority of Botox users aren’t vacuous Millennials trying to stay Instagram ready for their  next selfie. The most avid Botox users aren’t celebrities, they’re your next door neighbor, soccer mom or coworker. The average woman isn’t trying to look 20 again, secure a modeling contract or change their physical appearance. She simply wants to look like the best version of herself for her age, which is why Botox has become key element of a beauty routine that embraces age-management and self-care.

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