It is no secret that the number of Americans getting cosmetic procedures is on the rise. The following procedures all increased from 2012 to 2013. Botox procedures went up by 8% (6.1 million procedures). The number of chemical peels increased by 2% (that is 1.1 million procedures). Worldwide, Botox ins one of the most popular procedures with more than three million being performed each year. Botox is most popular among people ages 40 to 59.
Botox is so popular that a new craze has popped up: the Botox party where guests receive injections. These have become very popular throughout the United States.
What is Botox?
Botox is really a neurotoxic protein that has many medical and cosmetic applications. It paralyzes muscles, which can treat a wide variety of medical conditions. In fact it is used to treat more than 20 medical conditions and can even help with weight loss. When used for cosmetic reasons, it prevents the creation of wrinkles and can smooth existing ones. Botox was first approved for treating uncontrolled blinking in 1989 and then for the treatment of wrinkles in 2002.
What are the benefits of Botox?
The first is that it is a non-surgical way to deal with wrinkles. The benefits are seen quickly without dealing with all the pain and hassle of surgery. Most people would prefer to avoid surgery that ends up with scars and has risks. This is a really great way to smooth the skin without the hassle and stress of surgery.
It is extremely effective. How many of us want to look younger? The vast majority of us, I would bet. This is a very effective way to smooth wrinkles and take some years off with just a few injections. It is great simply because it works. It not only smooths existing wrinkles but it prevents the creation of new ones. No one likes the look of crow’s feet and Botox is one really great way to get rid of them.
One area where Botox really is extraordinary is the brow. The brow lift it creates is truly great. As we age, the arch of our eyebrows loses their shape and make us look older. Botox can also get rid of frown lines and the lines on the forehead. This has a dramatic impact on how we look.
The effects of Botox are typically seen within three to five days with the full results appearing within two weeks. This is not a permanent solution to wrinkles, though there is no such thing, and the results last between four to six months.
How much does Botox cost?
The average treatment ranges from $350 to $500 per area treated. This is much less than any surgical procedure that would produce the same kind of results would cost making this a much more affordable way to turn back the clock on our skin.
The bottom line on Botox injections is they are an affordable, effective, almost completely pain free and safe way to reduce the signs of aging. And the best part is when we look good, it makes us feel even better.