The Excitement Around Botox Treatments
In the past several years there has been a lot of talk about Botox treatments and it’s benefits, especially in the anti-aging field of cosmetic medicine. Shining testimonials and endorsements from hundreds of celebrities have served to make Botox a high demand alternative to many other cosmetic procedures.
The popularity of Botox over the past decade or so has taken it far beyond the realm of a simple fad and into the limelight as a safe and effective procedure that is much less costly than traditional plastic surgery. As an added benefit, the pain involved and recovery time of Botox treatments is almost non-existent as compared to plastic surgery.
What Exactly is Botox?
Botox is an abbreviated common trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a paralytic enzyme secreted by certain types of bacteria. In extremely large doses, the protein in Botox can be problematic, but in a clinical treatment the dose of Botulinum is so small and heavily diluted that it serves only to weaken and tighten muscles under strict medical control.
Botox treatments target specific muscles, and great care is taken to ensure that the toxin is not spread beyond the targeted area. Botox is also scientifically formulated to not paralyze those muscles completely, only enough to firm and tighten them.
How do Botox Treatments Work?
Very simply, Botox works by limiting the ability of the targeted muscles to expand and/or contract. By partially paralyzing the muscles and forcing them to relax, facial wrinkles begin to soften. Botox often takes a few days to reach its full effect.
A treatment lasts, on average, for about five months, though this varies from person to person. Luckily, after each subsequent Botox treatment, wrinkles begin to return with much less severity, as the muscles have been retrained to relax.
Getting the Most out of Your Botox Treatments
To ensure that you get the highest benefit of Botox treatment, it is important to find a highly experienced specialist. Ensure that your Botox treatment provider is a professional with the proper certification and works in a sterile, clinical environment.