When we get older, our muscles naturally begin to weaken and the soft tissue surrounding our muscles fall. We all want to look our best, so many of us hit the gym harder to keep our bodies toned, but what about our faces? The gym cannot benefit aging facial features that make us look older, tired, or even angry, but Botox Cosmetic can. Men and woman worldwide trust Botox Cosmetic because it has been around for more than half a century. Botox is a registered trademark of the highly esteemed pharmaceutical company Allergan – known for doing abundant research and developing safe and effective products.
What is Botox Used For?
Botox is the #1 non-surgical cosmetic treatment to temporarily iron out wrinkles. When Botox is injected properly, it will induce temporary relaxation of specific muscles and soften moderate to severe lines. It is mostly used for the upper face to soften wrinkles on the forehead, eliminate furrowed brows and relax crow’s feet, but it can also be used to contour the jaw line, relax the masseter muscle and eliminate chin dimpling. Another common use for Botox is to decrease over-active sweat glands in the armpit region, palms of hands, soles of the feet and hairline region. People commonly make the mistake of thinking that Botox is for the lips, but they are actually thinking of a filler, which is used for lip augmentation. Botox may sometimes be used for wrinkles above the upper lip, but it will never be used for the lips on their own.
Although Botox is most famously used for cosmetic reasons, it was originally used strictly for medical reasons such as, eye spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, migraine headaches, leaky blatters and even cerebral palsy in children.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox comes from purified non-animal protein manufactured naturally from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. When a small amount of Botox is injected near a selected muscle, it is absorbed into the nerve producing a localized blockade of muscle contraction function. Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – what causes muscle cells to contract and shorten – and the results are temporary paralysis of the muscles. After several months the body breaks down the Botox and all muscle function comes back – as do the wrinkles and the sweating.
History of Botox
Botulinum toxin was first researched to be used as a biological weapon during WWII. Nothing ever came from that line of research, but it did open up the doors for Dr. Edward J Shantz and his colleagues. Shantz developed the purified botulinum toxin type A (what is used as Botox today) and began researching it’s more beneficial features. In the 1960’s Alan B. Scott started injecting botolinum toxin type A into monkeys, discovering its muscle relaxing effects. In 1978, human research trials began and in 1988, drug-maker Allergan acquired the rights to the purified botulinum, changing the name to “Botox” and a year later the FDA approved botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of a variety of medical issues. It was actually a Canadian eye-doctor by the name of Jean Carruthers, who discovered the wrinkle smoothing properties of Botox after using it to treat patients for eye spasms. The rest is history.
Who is a Candidate for Botox?
There are two schools of thought on who should get Botox, but it really depends on your specific goals.
The first school of thought is to use Botox injections to soften existing lines and lift areas of the face that have begun to fall. Every person ages at a different speed so there is no specific age that it is recommended. Individuals with dynamic and static expression lines are perfect candidates for Botox. Huge improvements will be seen after a single treatment. Some people are told they look up to 10 years younger!
The second school of thought is to use Botox injections as a preventative method for aging. Woman and men in their early to late 20’s can use tiny amounts of Botox to prevent resting lines from appearing in the future. If Botox is used before resting lines naturally appear, less treatments will be required and muscles will remain muted even after the Botox dissipates.
Finding a medical expert that specializes in injections and has a portfolio of happy clientele should be your first step. A medical expert can be identified by their education, experience, and portfolio. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
A medical expert will help develop a treatment plan that is suitable to your needs and will help you achieve your desired look. The procedure will take 30 minutes or less and will be relatively painless.
Always make sure you are receiving the Botox treatment and not a different product. You can verify this by asking to look at the bottle. Botox is packaged in a glass vial with a purple or orange lid labeled BOTOX. Look for the Allergan hologram on the side.
Word to the Wise: Botox is measured by unit and it is mixed with a precise measurement of saline solution before being injected. Some clinics water down their product by using less of the active ingredient and more of the saline solution, making it far less effective. Do yourself a favour and visit a clinic with highly trained and honest medical professionals!