Gone are the days when you had to go under the knife in order to slow down the effects of aging. Luckily, these days many non-surgical procedures on the market offer the promise of a radiant and youthful appearance without the need for surgery.
Being one of the most popular anti-aging treatments out there, Botox is short for “botulinum toxin”. Injected into the skin, Botox is commonly used to eliminate lines on the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes.
This article will explore some of the pros and cons of this treatment so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
Unlike many expensive creams and lotions on the market that don’t deliver on their promises, Botox is highly effective at removing wrinkles, and has proven itself to be more than just a gimmick.
Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to muscles in the face which cause muscles to contract. The repetitive movement of these muscles causes expression lines to form especially around the eyes and forehead. Botox injections, such as under eye botox, will limit this movement leading to a reduction in wrinkles. The effects can also last for months.
Unlike cosmetic surgery procedures, Botox injections are relatively painless, don’t cause any side effects such as swelling or bruising, and there is no need to take time to recuperate after a treatment. The temporary nature of Botox also means that you can decide whether you want to continue with your treatments or not. If you are not happy with the results, the effect is not permanent and your skin will return to how it looked before.
Known as the “lunchtime procedure”, Botox treatments are quick and convenient to perform. You can schedule a session and pop out during your lunch break as they typically take no more than 20 minutes. Botox is a far quicker and convenient method when compared to alternatives such as plastic surgery.
With most cosmetic procedures, whether surgical or not, some maintenance will be required over the years. With Botox, the effects begin to wear off after three to six months so for some people a treatment every few months may seem too much.
Botox is relatively expensive, especially when you add up the cost of a few treatments over the course of a year. Procedures usually cost between $250 to $1,500 depending on how much is required and which area you would like treated.
Since it paralyzes the muscles, Botox can cause unwanted results such as a limited facial expression or a constantly surprised look when injected improperly. It is important to do your research before booking a procedure, ensuring the practitioner is certified and has a long list of satisfied customers.
Now that you are equipped with the facts, you can make an informed decision before getting Botox for the first time. Always remember to find a reputable clinic and book for a free consultation (if possible) to ask questions and have any concerns put to rest.