As we age those fine lines and wrinkles tend to sneak up on us. The battle to stay looking young is stronger than ever. We live in a society that youth is power. The question many people are asking is “When should I start using Botox?” Botox can be used to smooth out existing fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also be a preventative way to maintain that youthful appearance without ever developing wrinkles. Some dermatologists recommend starting a Botox regiment in your late twenties. Once you start using Botox you should see results within two to five days and they should last from three to six months.
The next most common question asked is “What exactly is Botox?” Botox is a medically prescribed medicine that is injected into your muscles and is also used to temporarily smooth out frown lines that form in between the brows. Botox is the most widely accepted cosmetic injectible approved by the FDA to diminish wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines. Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, works by blocking nerve impulses, causing temporary paralyzing of the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When it is in a large dose, the protein causes botulism, a paralytic sickness that is linked to food poisoning.
“What can I expect when it comes to the administration of Botox?” Anesthesia is usually not used or required during a Botox procedure. The Botox is injected with a very fine needle to minimize your discomfort and for maximum accuracy. You should stay away from alcohol for about a week before your Botox procedure. It has also been studied and published in Dermatologic Therapy that men need a higher dose than women in cosmetic procedures.
You may be asking, “What other health or skin conditions can Botox help me with?” We have been hearing lately on the news and by other beauty bloggers that Botox has helped them in other ways than just with their wrinkles and fine lines. Botox can also help you with migraine headaches, lazy eye, involuntary blinking and twitching of your eye and face, involutary muscle contractions that can cause the neck to to have constant movement, spasticity that comes from cerebral palsy, and even under arm sweating. Botox is also great for those with stiff or tight muscles due to a head or spinal cord injury.
Botox sounds great but, “What are the side effects.” I thought you would never ask! Just like with any other drug, there are going to be side effects that some may experience. Most of us will never see a side effect when using Botox, but there are some people that may have an allergy to the medicine. The most common side effects caused from the usage of Botox include headache, respiratory infection, flu like symptoms, drooping of the upper lid, nausea, and indigestion. In my opinion, the side effects are minor and should not distract you from making your appointment with your dermatologist. You are NOT going to die or have suicidal thoughts from Botox injections, so why not?
Now, “What’s Botox going to cost me?” Botox treatments range anywhere from 200.00 to 800.00 a pop, with an average treatment cost settling around 425.00. Of coarse, your results are temporary, so you will have to multiply this number by the number of visits you are planning to take to the dermatologist. Some plan their treatments twice a year, while other opt for a quarterly treatment regiment.