It’s the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with over 6 million treatments administered every year. Should you join that number? Let’s delve into the smooth-skinned utopia of Botox and find out.
What is Botox?
Botox is derived from Clostridium botulinum, which is a bacterium. However, it is harmless – merely a purified protein which can release a neurotoxin that, in small doses, can do wonders for your skin. Originally used in 1980 to treat eye disorders, it paralyses the underlying muscles in your face that would usually be moving around the most and therefore causing the skin to wrinkle and create crow’s feet and frown lines. This procedure means that the skin remains still, keeping your skin smoother.
The procedure of being administered with Botox is simple: TheBotulinum toxin powder is diluted in saline and injected into multiple areas of the face (with only mild discomfort) into the neuromuscular tissue under the skin. This only takes a few minutes, and after that your skin will have the wrinkle-removing effects of Botox for four to six months.
The main benefit of Botox is how it gets rid of wrinkles in a safe and easy way. It’s administered through one quick injection, with no surgery necessary. The effects can take effect from 24 hours after the procedure. No anaesthesia is required, with no invasive face-lift being necessary, and once the effects take place your face will be looking younger and revitalized.
Another benefit is that the procedure looks natural, with no large changes other than less wrinkles, and reduced movement in some areas of the face. It’s also a low-risk and low-pain experience, with treatment often resulting in no pain at all, and only sometimes creating some headaches or bruising.
Botox isn’t just for getting rid of wrinkles either, it has a large number of uses for health issues. It can be used to help conditions such as strabismus (crossed eyes), Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), overactive bladders and chronic migraines.
Usually this procedure is well-received and has little side effects, but medical procedures such as this will always have some exceptions. Around 1% of people using botulinum toxin type A can actually develop antibodies which result in any future treatments becoming ineffective. Other than that, a small number of patients can experience side effects such as mild pain around the injection area, nausea, headaches and blurred vision. All of which are inconvenient, but in no way permanent.
Currency costs are a factor of course, but with up to 6 months of wrinkle-less costing as low as £140 in the UK, the price can be worth it. Plus, treatments are so popular that prices can vary and drop regularly, so you can bag a lucky deal if you search further.
Should I get it?
If the benefits mentioned appeal to you, then in short: yes. It’s massively popular in the wrinkle-battling industry for good reason, as it’s quick, easy, mostly painless, approved by doctors worldwide and does a wonderful job getting rid of pesky skin lines.