Despite the annual onslaught on new services designed to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox® – the granddaddy of them all – is still the most popular. With more than 7 million injections administered every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s the leading medically-administered procedure.
It’s also the go-to solution for diminishing the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines among an increasingly growing variety of people. Once thought to be the exclusive domain of middle-aged women, Wrinkle and Line Reduction is now an aesthetic staple among twentysomethings and men as well.
Derived from a purified form of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, Botox is injected under the skin. It works by temporarily restricting movement of muscles used to make crow’s feet and frown lines. By preventing the formation of these facial lines, Botox may also prevent them from deepening.
Treatment begins with the application of topical numbing cream. Because of this, and the fact that ultra-thin needles are used, the procedure is relatively pain-free. Most patients equate it to the feeling of a quick pinprick. Injections take only minutes, and there is no downtime. Most people do not experience bruising or swelling. For those who may, it is typically minor, temporary, and easily covered with makeup.
Botox is safe when administered by a trained medical professional, such as Dr. Khorasani. Botox has been evaluated in literally hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in medical and scientific journals and has been used safely in this country since 2002. It’s also is approved for cosmetic use in dozens of countries worldwide.
Botox has a rare 95% approval rating on the Real Self website, which polls patients about all types of medically-administered and surgical cosmetic procedures. It’s important to note, however, that Botox is a technique-sensitive treatment. To achieve the most natural and aesthetically appealing results, always choose a medical professional with extensive experience and satisfied patients when selecting a Botox provider.
Botox results usually appear within 24 to 48 hours and typically last up to four months. When treatment is discontinued, frown lines and crow's feet gradually return to look like they did before treatment.
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