What Exactly is Botox?
Originally formulated to treat neuromuscular disorders, such as migraines, strabismus (lazy eye) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking), Botox is a non-surgical injectable that is used worldwide to restore the youthful vitality of your face by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox utilizes a highly concentrated protein that is derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This neurotoxin works to temporarily immobilize the specific muscles that are responsible for your facial lines and wrinkles.
Botulinum spores are found all over nature in places like forests as well as the cultivated soils and sediments of lakes, streams and other untreated bodies of water. At full strength, these bacteria would cause food poisoning. However, the diluted form is perfectly safe under the care of a trained professional.
How Does Botox Work?
A popular wrinkle-reducing treatment, Botox is injected directly into specific facial muscles. It then diffuses and travels one centimeter out from the injection point, interrupting the transmission of nerve signals from the brain to the muscles. This disruption in communication serves to weaken the muscles’ ability to contract. As the muscles lie dormant, your skin becomes smoother with a more even tone and appearance. Botox is ideal for any area on your face where the wrinkles are due to muscular contraction, such as frown lines (nasolabial folds), crow’s feet and forehead lines.
How Long Until I See Results?
Results typically start to show as soon as one or two days after your Botox procedure and continue improving up to two weeks post-treatment. They can last anywhere from three to six months, although touchups may be required in order to maintain an even texture and optimal smoothness. Typical results last between three and four months.
Why Are Women in Their 20s & 30s Addicted to Botox?
The whole idea behind getting Botox is to stop the wrinkles before they start. Women in their 20s and 30s are finding that they can prevent signs of aging and maintain their youthful appearance much longer by starting Botox treatments earlier.
Is Botox Expensive?
The cost of Botox varies from person to person and depends on factors such as the areas of the face being treated as well as how much product is required. For example, treating the lines between the eyebrows may cost between 300 and 500 dollars. However, the smoothing effect can last up to four months. This works out to an average of three to five dollars per day. That’s merely sacrificing a trip to Starbucks each day.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved product that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and moderate to severe crow’s feet in adults. Results may vary. Photos taken at maximum frown and/or full smile before and after treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic at day 7.