If you’re looking for an effective solution to target problem wrinkles, then Botox may be the answer.
Botox® injections are nowadays popular as a ‘quick fix’ solution to younger-looking skin. Its cosmetic applications have advanced significantly over the last few years, with more and more people now looking to undergo Botox procedures with the hope of getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. What was once probably thought to be a procedure whose novelty might wear off one day is nowadays considered to be one that is here to stay.
You may have read about it in the news or even seen it on television – more and more celebrities are now using Botox® injections to maintain their young looks and skin. But the question on many people’s minds is ‘why is it so popular?’ or ‘what makes it such a sought after the procedure?’
Well, the answer is simple really. Botox procedures are a cheap and effective solution to aging skin. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes, is cheap and does not produce any scarring that may be associated with plastic surgery. More and more people have realized this now, thanks to all the publicity Botox® treatments receive through celebrity use.
How long does Botox® last?
Depending on the patient and their reasons for the injections, Botox® will last somewhere between 3 and 6 months, or even slightly longer. If the patient would like to maintain the effects for longer than this, they can simply return and get further treatments once the initial injections start to wear off. The clinic will be able to answer questions about how long this treatment will typically last for any particular usage.
What does Botox® do?
When Botox® is used cosmetically to treat wrinkles, for example, an injection is done through the skin into the muscle beneath, which causes the muscle to be temporarily weakened. This is accomplished by blocking the number of impulses the nerve receives. This allows the skin to have time to recover, due to the skin not being constantly stretched and contracted, due to regular facial movements in those areas.
Botox® can be used to treat much more than wrinkles, however. It is a very effective treatment for muscle spasms in the face, eyelids, or many other areas of the body. For those that have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, for example, Botox injections are able to prevent or reduce some of the muscle spasms associated with that condition. Some patients are able to find relief from chronic migraine headaches by getting Botox injections, and it has been successfully used to treat people who have overactive sweat glands, among other conditions.
After patients receive Botox procedures, the full effect of the injection will not be apparent for several days, and at times can be up to 2 weeks. Botox® injections have been an effective treatment option for millions of people to date, and it continues to increase in popularity due to a more informed public perception.
Botox® is used for a variety of conditions and is a popular solution for excessive underarm sweating, although it is most often recognized as an aesthetic procedure. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding can also be treated with it. It is a great way to smooth out wrinkles, however, Botox® is good for various other physical and aesthetic complaints. A more youthful appearance can be a result of Botox® treatment, but so can sculpting of your features, easing of physical pain, and even improvement to your smile. Here are a variety of uses for Botox®:
Yes, Botox® can even help a problematic and embarrassing medical condition. The bladder muscles relax, which helps prevent them from contracting and causing the need to urinate frequently when a doctor injects a small amount of Botox® into them. The procedure is fairly simple and the results can last longer than six months. This treatment improves the quality of life for those who undergo it and makes them feel much more comfortable overall.
Excessive sweating can be both embarrassing and irritating. You might get sweats in different parts of your body. The two most popular places in your body for sweating are underarms and face. Every person wants to get rid of this embarrassing problem as soon as possible.
The technical term for foo much sweating is ‘hyperhidrosis’. Sometimes the problem occurs due to medical condition while sometimes due to other reasons.
The effects of the treatment wear off after 12 to 15 months, so you will have to go for the injections again if you want the same result after that.
Botox® also helps relieve migraine pain. Anyone who has ever suffered from a migraine understands the debilitating pain that results from this condition. Migraine pain can be treated with Botox® injections, although we don’t know yet exactly why this works. The simple procedure is also thought to treat migraines by blocking the sensory nerves that send pain signals to your brain. It seems that the toxin reduces sensitivity to the migraine pain by relaxing the muscles. The use of Botox® in the treatment of migraines has been reported to cause their reduction by half or more.
Specialists can now take years off your face in just a few hours because non-invasive cosmetic, aesthetic and wellness procedures have advanced to such a degree — fantastic if surgery is not your thing. There are more options than ever when it comes to looking and feeling younger these days – that’s a fact.
Botox for Men?
There is a common misconception that Botox procedures are sought after by women and women alone. This is far from the truth. Granted that the majority of the people who undergo Botox® injections are women, these days’ even men are undergoing these procedures. Some newspaper reports have even gone to the extent of calling it ‘bro-tox’! Some clinics now report that up to 50% of their patients undergoing botox are male!
The use of Botox® is rising. It is estimated that the number of men and women who underwent Botox procedures rose from 2010 to 2011 by around 5% – that’s a rise from 5.4 million to 5.7 million people. Newer estimates suggest an annual rise of around 10% every year. This rising trend should come as no surprise. The previously attached ‘stigma’ and social attitude to Botox® injections being the treatment reserved for the wealthy no longer exists, and neither does any sense of any shame of undergoing the procedure. It has now become a well-recognized and widely accepted surgical procedure.
But that’s not all. Botox®’s applications have advanced from just cosmetic use to management of a variety of clinical conditions that cause muscle spasticity. Some of these conditions include blepharospasm, spastic paraparesis and cerebral palsy in both children and adults. Results have been promising and outcomes have been excellent. Other applications include managing patients with migraine (multiple Botox® injections are given to the scalp) and excessive sweating.
There is no doubt that the future is bright for Botox®. Research is ongoing into looking at newer applications, and the results so far are promising.
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