When we hear about looking young, one of the treatments that come to mind is Botox. This treatment was introduced a long time ago, yet the hype surrounding it still has not died down. Botox is a type of protein from a known neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. In typical situations, this toxin can be dangerous and may cause botulism. But the amount of toxin used in the treatment is very small, making it safe for cosmetic and medical use. In fact, the FDA or Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Botox in treating several health issues such as excessive sweating, migraines, some bladder disorders, and even eyelid spasms. For cosmetic purposes, Botox is most commonly used in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox: an in-depth look
As mentioned, Botox is derived from C. botulinum bacteria, which are a type of bacteria commonly seen in nature. They can be found in lakes, soil, forests, and the intestines of fish and mammals. In general, naturally occurring forms of the said bacteria are harmless. However, it could be deadly when the bacteria start to produce a neurotoxin. It may seem scary, but Botox used in cosmetic and medical practices amounts to very small doses and has no to minimal side effects. Since it is a neurotoxin, it disables the function of the nerves, therefore, benefiting people with nerve or muscle disorders.
Many injectables are from the same strain of bacteria, but they differ in the preparation. For example, Botox is on botulinum toxin A, Dysport is a bo botulinum toxin A, and Xeomin is in Co-botulinum toxin A. A lot of people refer to all these injectables as “Botox.” Still, it is essential to note that Botox is a registered trademark for Botulinum toxin.
How does Botox work?
Neurotoxins are substances that disrupt the signaling processes of the nerves. These signals are needed to stimulate the contraction of muscles in the body. Thus, causing temporary muscle paralysis. For muscles to contract, the nerves need to release acetylcholine. This chemical messenger tells the muscle cells to either shorten or contract. Botox prevents the release of this messenger, stopping the contraction of the muscle cells. In this mechanism, the toxin helps make the muscle less stiff.
Botox and its cosmetic use
Botox is primarily known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Based on the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery data, Botox is the most popular choice for cosmetic treatments nationwide. In fact, in 2016, the US recorded over seven million people who had Botox treatments.
Depending on the type of Botox treatment, the effects can last from 3-4 months and are only temporary. Usually, people request treatment in the following facial areas:
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Horizontal lines in the forehead
- The wrinkles in between the eyebrows which are also known as glabellar lines, frown lines, or eleven lines
- Cobblestone-like skin on the chin
- Fine lines in the mouth corners
Right now, research about Botox improving dark circles under the eyes is still ongoing. Moreover, some use Botox to enhance how their hair looks. However, the use of Botox in this area is still not substantial enough to be deemed effective. Thus, it is essential to consult with medical spa experts should you plan on getting injected with Botox. The expertise of the technicians and the quality of tools and facilities are critical if you want to achieve good results.
How do I know if Botox treatment is right for me?
It is an inevitable fact that time affects how we look. As we age, our physical appearance shows apparent signs. Even the most basic actions, such as squinting, smiling, frowning, and even eating, can eventually result in wrinkle formation. These lines and wrinkles generally become more visible during our 30’s as the skin gradually loses its firmness and elasticity. This reduction of desirable skin texture results in folds and creases that eventually show up as we age.
If you do not want these obvious signs of aging to be more visible, Botox can be a temporary treatment done every few months. Botox may also help reduce vertical creases in the neck caused by muscle drooping. Botox cosmetic treatment is a safe procedure in general. Those eighteen years old and above, have no history of neuromuscular diseases, and have good physical health are suitable for Botox. However, there are contraindications of those who should not receive Botox, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with certain pre-existing conditions.
Please speak to your medical provider to see if Botox is right for you.
Botox: The Cosmetic Procedure
Botox treatment does not require anesthesia and incisions. The procedure takes only a few minutes, with only a little preparation and minimal downtime post-treatment. As per the procedure, the technician dilutes botulinum powder in a salt solution and injects it directly into it. This is the only part where clients will feel discomfort, and it is because of the needle. Botox usually shows its full effects within three to seven days after the treatment and may last for as long as four months.
But since Botox is only temporary, it will eventually wear off. Thus, additional treatment to maintain a wrinkle-free face is encouraged. Moreover, these creases and furrows may also start to be less visible because the facial muscles are used to being relaxed. The effects of Botox also depend on each person. Some clients respond better to Botox, but some might need additional treatments and minor enhancements. While this may seem like a procedure covered by medical insurance, unfortunately, cosmetic procedures done with Botox are typically not covered by insurance.
Botox has been known in the cosmetic industry for a while. Still, it is one of the best procedures already tried and tested. Should you want to look younger without having to make permanent and slightly unnatural changes, Botox can be your go-to procedure.
If you want to know more about how Botox can improve your appearance, Revive Med Spa, with its top-notch experts, can surely help you. Book an appointment now and discover the wonders of Botox that await you!