What is Botox?

Botox is a naturally produced toxin found in plants, soil, and water. Technically, the clostridium botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein that prevents release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine; when administered in small doses under the careful monitoring of a rejuvenation clinic, the botox toxin causes muscle paralysis that lasts for several months. Used widely for cosmetic purposes, Botox also has several notable therapeutic uses, including for a variety of muscle disorders, overactive muscle conditions, excessive sweating, chronic migraine headaches, and even some common allergy symptoms. So why use Botox as a cosmetic treatment? With millions of people receiving treatment every year, Botox injections have a proven track record as a safe and effective non-surgical method for reducing a variety of common facial wrinkles, including lip lines, eye wrinkles (crows’ feet), forehead fillers, as well as laugh, frown, and smile lines. Botox is also effective in treating jowls (sagging skin below the chin) and “cobblestone” skin on the chin. Injections placed into the muscles under facial wrinkles (under eye wrinkles, for instance) causes the muscles to relax, smoothing the wrinkle and creating a more toned, youthful appearance.

Results are usually visible within three days of the injection with the peak effect typically within two weeks. Depending on the product used and location of the treatment, injections can last between two and four months after which additional treatments can be applied, with wrinkles and lines often less prominent over time as the muscles shrink. An added benefit: the average length of a Botox procedure is 30 minutes and the average “days out of office” (the common measure of time needed for home-based recovery) is zero. Botox is not only safe and effective but is also a treatment with minimal downtime that can be worked into an already hectic schedule with little or no disruption. For many women, Botox is part of their skin rejuvenation plan, a prevention against aging rather than a restoration after aging has already taken hold. No longer only for celebrities or the rich-and-famous, Botox treatment is common in most sectors of our culture, regardless of how old you are, where your live, or your financial status. According to American Medical Aesthetics (AMA), over 11 million Americans have had at least one Botox injection, and the number is increasing annually. And although almost 60% of clients are between the ages of 45 and 54, almost 20% are in the 30 to 39 age group. Looking at worldwide numbers from 2018, Botox is the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure for women from age 19 onwards, growing in popularity over 20% since 2014.