Many were skeptical on the effects of Botox when it first hit the market. Botox is a protein complex derived from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. For those who do not yet know, Botox come from the same toxin that can cause food poisoning in humans. That sounds scary, isn’t it? Fortunately, it does not cause the same effect on the skin as it has on the body!
The eternal dream of man to remain young and beautiful forever has always been a motivating factor towards innovation and experimentation. This dream has been responsible for the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery, leading to the sudden influx in the use of Botox. Although the results are temporary, Botox treatments have gained popularity all over the U.S. and throughout the world because of the simplicity of the procedure and fast immediate results.
Botox used to reduce wrinkles is a sterile and purified version of the Botulinum Toxin A. When the toxin is injected into the muscle, it works to block the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, thereby causing them to relax more. The net result is that the process of wrinkle formation is reduced. A smoothing effect is seen almost immediately and it continues to improve over the next few days.
The full effects of Botox injections can be seen in 5-7 days. Results may vary on individuals, depending on the severity of wrinkles and the strength of muscles treated. The results last from three to six months after which most patients gradually return to their former state. Normally, Botox Injections should be repeated every 3-4 months. Patients who have had Botox treatments over 12 months may only require further treatments every 6 months.
While botox has been safely used by millions of patients, it is recommended that pregnant women, or women who are breastfeeding their babies as well as patients suffering from neurologic disease should never use botox. A quick word of warning… if you’re considering taking Botox Injections, be sure to thoroughly research the professionals in your area who are offering this service! Make sure it is done by qualified doctor since your face is on the line and things could get ugly if you’re not careful.