Saturday, 15 June 2013

Botox Your Way To A Refreshed Face

By Marlene Ataine

Botox Cosmetic has for years retained the title as the most commonly performed "non-surgical" cosmetic procedure in the United States, based on its ease of use and consistently good cosmetic results. Frown lines, smile lines and wrinkles are no match when effectively targeted by a competent surgeon with proper Botox training and experience. These lines and wrinkles become less pronounced with a Botox injection. The muscles underneath the skin become relaxed and this reduces the display of wrinkles. Contrary to any myths floating out there, Botox does not travel anywhere else in the body. It is localized to the area of the injection. It gradually wears off naturally over a 3-6 month period.

It has been used to treat thousands of patients medically and cosmetically for over twenty years. Botox has been purified under very strict controlled conditions. It is a bacterium called clostridium botulinum.

It's not just for woman any longer. There is the need and desire among men to look younger. As a result, they are turning to Botox in record numbers. Looking younger or the desire to look younger is no longer just the domain of women. The market for men is booming. The numbers are quite impressive. Some industry reports have estimated that the numbers have tripled in the past six years. At that time, that was about a half a million men, or roughly 10% of all Botox injections.

A lot of reasons are cited to explain the large growing segment of the market that is now looking for youth enhancing procedures. It's not surprising that woman, including girlfriends, family members, and wives are introducing the benefits of looking younger to their male counterparts. Men are starting to appreciate that looking younger and feeling more refreshed has an impact on their lives.

Who Should Not be Receiving a Botox Treatment?

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not be getting a Botox injection. As well, if you have any neuromuscular diseases, you should certainly avoid taking Botox. If you have any concerns or worries about whether you fit into one of these groups, consult with your physician. You should not use Botox if you are allergic to human albumin. It has not been tested during pregnancy or nursing and that is the reason for the recommendation to avoid Botox in these situations.

You will not be administered an anesthetic for this procedure, but before your treatment, your specialist may numb the injection site slightly. The Botox procedure is very quick, usually around ten minutes in total, and it is virtually painless. In other words, there should be no down time required at all.

BOTOX treatments are generally quite affordable, which is one of the main reasons for the procedure's international popularity. A Botox treatment will usually range between $300 and $400. To maintain results, Botox patients will have to pay somewhere in that general range every four to six months.

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