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Botox – Is It Worth It?

Many people find themselves chasing their youth and looking for solutions in products like Botox injections. Out of all the cosmetic procedures in history, Botox is one that has grown the fastest and it is an industry that is forecast to reach close to $3 Billion by the year 2014. While many people think this is a treatment simply for cosmetic needs, there are several other reasons to consider turning to Botox.

Treatment Needs

The medicine is injected directly into the skin and can take less than 15 minutes for a treatment session to be completed. The medical professional will need to cleanse the skin with alcohol cleansers and then they can proceed with the injections. For a person having treatment for “crow’s feet” you will have about 4 injections totaling 20 units of Botox. When used for cosmetic purposes (such as reducing wrinkles), a single treatment will last about 4 to 6 months. In addition to using treatments to enhance your looks, here are some other uses of this prescription medication:

  • Controlling problems with Incontinence
  • Reduction in reoccurring headache
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and chronic neck pain

How Does It Work?

The medicine is officially known as Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a protein complex that is mixed with saline and injected directly into the muscle, causing the muscles to have limited contractions. This is how the wrinkles disappear as the neural transmissions from the nerve endings to your muscle fibers are inhibited; causing the muscles to look relaxed.

Why Its Popular

Chasing the fountain of youth has always been a part of history. Using cosmetic treatments like Botox provide an individual with a temporary solution to an aging body. When the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) officially approved Botox injections in 2001, 1.6 million people received treatments that year! Typically a person will notice a difference with wrinkles in 1 week or sooner after having a treatment.

Risks To Botox

The medicine is actually produced from a bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) which is the same toxin that can lead to food poisoning. There are some side effects to Botox when it is administered appropriately including the following:

  • Headaches
  • Redness around the injection site
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory infection
  • Muscle weakness
  • Droopy eyelids

With the demand growing each year, many people are able to get their hands on the medicine without having the proper training. An individual may be able to purchase a large amount and can attempt to administer it to themselves or others. This can be dangerous as it can lead to serious health risks from minor urinary tract infections to staff infections.

Costs of Botox

Reducing the appearance of wrinkles comes with a large price tag. A single injection of Botox starts at about $300 to $1,200. It may require multiple visits to achieve the desired results and the individual may need to come back every 3 months to maintain these results. To reduce the cost some medical professionals will treat several patients at the same time. The cost of the procedure can be expensive and it does have risk. It is important to meet with your cosmetic surgeon to discuss treatment options to find out if Botox is right for you.

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