Want to learn how BOTOX can change your life? Read on!
Since being approved by the FDA for cosmetic uses in 2002, BOTOX has become one of the most talked-about, joked-about, misunderstood, and POPULAR treatments for facial wrinkles on the market.
But why? To cut through the punchlines and misinformation, it’s important to understand what BOTOX is and how and why it works so well on fine lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles, and other facial imperfections.
BOTOX is the FDA-approved form of Botulinum Toxin A. It was invented, or rather discovered, by Dr. Alan Scott, an ophthalmologist who was looking for a way to treat strabismus (crossed eyes). His discovery would quite literally change the face of aesthetics and cosmetology the world over.
Dr Scott realized that not only did Botulinum Toxin A help the eyes become uncrossed, but it also seemed to make wrinkles disappear! But how?
As BOTOX, Botulinum Toxin A works by causing certain muscles in the face to become effectively paralyzed. The question is, why would anyone ever want to paralyze their own face?!
Simple! Because facial wrinkles are the result of overactive facial muscles! When you’ve been making the same expression the same way for years and years, it causes the wrinkles to appear and become more pronounced.
Therefore, by preventing the expression from appearing, it is possible to get rid of the wrinkles. Simple! This is exactly what BOTOX does.
BOTOX is injected into the chosen site, usually the forehead or browline. The toxin affects the muscles in that area, causing them to cease “firing,” or moving in response to signals from the brain. Since the movement that causes the wrinkles has been effectively stopped, the wrinkles appear less and less pronounced until they disappear completely.
Is it dangerous? BOTOX is FDA-approved for a reason: if administered by a licensed and qualified medical professional, it is as safe as any other medical procedure.
Are there side effects? The only common side effect is discomfort, soreness, or bruising at the injection site. Occasionally, a patient will experience drooping in a nearby eyelid or eyebrow as a result of weakness in the muscles surrounding the injection site. But all side effects generally disappear after one day.
How many injections should one person get? The key to BOTOX is moderation. Getting one shot can have an effect, but it will not be as pronounced as it would be after multiple shots. However, too many BOTOX injections can cause an artificially lifeless appearance to the face. And that’s not good either!
One shot every 3 to 4 months is what we recommend for meaningful and lasting results.
Can I combine it with other procedures? Yes! BOTOX is an excellent complement to other facial procedures such as chemical peels and dermal fillers, for a more complete, beautiful, restored look.
So what are you waiting for? Dr Scott realized what he had discovered and now anyone who seeks a younger-looking, smoother face can benefit from it. And that includes you!