What is Botox®?
Botox® (less commonly known as Botulinum toxin type A) is a single, injectable, cosmetic, prescription medication that is injected into facial muscles to treat severe to moderate frown lines between the eyebrows in adults for a temporary solution. Botox is also used to treat crow’s feet lines in adults for a short period of time. Approved in 78 countries, Botox® cosmetics is a well-studied and tested medical aesthetic treatment for adults who want to look younger. The safety and efficacy of Botox® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both sponsored clinical trials as well as in peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®) contains tiny amounts of purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum (hence the name). According to Botox Cosmetics - “Approximately 10.9 million vials of Botox® cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, and millions of people have already made Botox® cosmetic a part of what they do for themselves. Today, Botox® cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.”
How does Botox® work?
Years of frowning and squinting takes a toll on our appearance and make us look older than we are. Botox® is injected into these lines caused by frowning and temporarily smoothens them. The Botox® cosmetic injection temporarily reduces muscle activity to make you look younger. The injections targets underlying muscle activity, under the skin, to fight frown lines and crow’s feet forming between the eyebrows. When treating crow’s feet, the Botox® cosmetic injection is injected into 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that is found on the side of the eye. By injecting this area the muscles reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. To treat frown lines, 5 injections injection in the forehead are administered, 1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles. The Botox® cosmetic injection temporarily reduces the appearance of frown lines when injected into these areas in the forehead.
What to expect with Botox® injections
With Botox® cosmetic injections you can expect results within 24 to 48 hours and last up to 4 months. The injection has been explained to feel like a pinch however; extra-topical cream can be applied for those who feel they need it. Based on the muscles in your face, the treatment usually takes around 10 minutes. By seeing a licensed therapist you can expect that the Botox® cosmetic injections will not change your normal facial expressions only temporarily stop frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox® cosmetic injections require no time off work or downtime, commonly called the lunchtime procedure you can get to work straight after the procedure.
How much does Botox® cost?
The cost of the injections not only covers the cost of the Botox® treatment but the expertise and qualification of the administering healthcare professional. Botox® cosmetic injections are highly sensitive, so looking for a qualified professional to administer the treatment is an important factor when looking at cost. Be aware of unlicensed people using cheap Botox® and risking your facial features. When looking for a qualified professional, be sure to ask plenty of questions and make sure you feel comfortable with them performing the procedure. Remember the results are difficult to reverse if you get cheap Botox® or use an unlicensed professional.
More information about Botox® Cosmetic injections
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