Did you know that BOTOX injections are one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery today? In fact, Botox injections far out number breast augmentation and rhinoplasty (cosmetic surgery on the nose), as the most preferred aesthetic surgical procedure?
As you may agree, in western culture attractiveness is closely wedded to youthfulness. The appearance of wrinkles on the face is a source of anxiety for millions of women and men.
The search for a miracle drug to help us appear younger presently fuels a multi-billion dollar beauty and cosmetic industry.
The related industries of weight loss and health are just as robust. There is stiff competition between beauty companies constantly trying to sell youth and beauty in a jar.
If you have the money you can opt for the more invasive (and ostensibly more effective) procedures to help you look younger. This where BOTOX followed by its more permanent cousin, plastic surgery may fit the bill.
A nutritious and balanced diet, accompanied by a rigorous exercise regimen can make your body look years younger. Unfortunately, there’s no such workout to tighten your face.
Your face starts reflecting the passage of time the soonest, and most visibly. Studies indicate wrinkles appear on our skin as early as the age of 27.
If it is our face, which betrays our age the first, no wonder it the focus of so much anxiety. This is why we want age-defying intervention.
BOTOX, as of now, appears to be the answer to some people’s prayers. Younger and firmer looks seem to be just a few small injections away.
BOTOX is actually short for Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a highly toxic substance and one of its milder side effects is food poisoning.
It is actually a protein complex, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. What is used in cosmetic surgery is an injectable form of this toxin.
This form of the toxin is purportedly sterilized and purified.
Some consider BOTOX a poison. They feel this way because it is injected in small doses under the skin. It is reported to work by deadening the underlying muscle, preventing any further movement, and thus smoothening out the skin.
BOTOX is said to interfere between muscle and nerve interaction. Some feel small doses of this chemical effectively prevent the release of acetylcholine by the nerve cells.
This neuro-chemical transfers signals to muscles, determining their contraction and relaxation. When injected into selected muscles, BOTOX stops them from contracting.
Therefore, any present frown lines are ironed away. In fact, within a week they become almost invisible.
In the April of the year 2002, the FDA approved the use of BOTOX injections as a treatment for the reduction of frown lines. Since then, it has come to be regarded as the fastest growing anti-aging cure in the country.
Keep in mind that the FDA cautions against using Botox more than once in 3 months. Also, it recommends that the lowest possible effective dose to be used in a session.
There are other, more permanent, options available � if you are inclined towards cosmetic surgery. Procedures like an eyelid tuck (blepharoplasty) and a brow lift (also called a forehead lift) last about 30 to 90 minutes.
They are outpatient operations, so you can leave for home the same day. Another option is the facelift (or rhytidectomy) � a slightly longer operation that can go on for 2 to 4 hours.
Patients are advised to stay overnight at the clinic. Although none of these procedures can reduce wrinkles, they very distinctly tighten up a sagging face by literally cutting away any extra bits of facial skin. The recovery period can last from 7 days to a month depending upon the extent of the operation.
However, at the end of it you may be rewarded with a much younger and firmer facial appearance.
Kamau Austin is a health and fitness enthusiast and advocate.