In today's society there is a major emphasis placed on youth and vitality. With progress being made in a number of areas that have allowed people to seemingly remain younger longer, more and more people are choosing to delay the effects of aging, such as wrinkles.
For a long time wrinkles appeared as one aged, seemingly alerting the world to their growing older. However, now people have growing options to delay aspects of aging like wrinkles. There are a number of options for people who choose to stop the effects of aging, some more drastic than others. But no matter what your age or financial status, chances are you will be able to find an age-defying solution to stop wrinkles from appearing on your face.
However, those who have more money to spend may find that stopping the effects of aging comes a little bit easier. One of the growing trends for aging Americans in today's society is Botox treatment. Botox treatment, approved by the American Food and Drug Administration in 2002, is the practice of having a Botox cosmetic called Botulinum Toxin Type A injected into areas of the face where wrinkles appear. Botox treatment has allowed clients to remain seemingly ageless by stopping wrinkles in their tracks once they begin to appear.
Botox injections are made up of the same toxic chemical that causes food poisoning in people. By injecting this chemical into areas of the skin, the muscles of Botox patients are able to resist contraction, which causes wrinkles. Think of Botox injections as stretching the muscles out tightly so that they are unable to contract. Wrinkles appear in areas where the skin has wrinkled repeatedly due to muscle contractions. By not allowing the muscles to contract in these areas, wrinkles disappear. Most people find that after a Botox injection wrinkles in the injection area have nearly or completely disappeared within one week of the injection treatment.
However, even though one Botox treatment will show dramatic results almost instantly, the effects of one Botox treatment do not last forever. Most Botox patients find that they must repeat the treatment process within four months of the previous treatment to keep wrinkles from reappearing. Botox treatment has grown remarkably in popularity since its inception and now millions of people pay for Botox injections each year. This can be used as evidence of a society obsessed with youthful beauty.
Botox injections are not only used for cosmetic purposes though. In fact, Botox was approved over a decade earlier for medical purposes. Botox has been used to treat muscle disorders as well as neurological disorders. Botox can be helpful in cases where muscles have unusual twitches or ticks. By keeping the muscle from contracting, Botox can relieve the patient of these symptoms. Botox has also been reported to help in the treatment of migraine headaches.
When visiting a doctor for a Botox injection, the chemical will be administered through a needle. The injection does not take long and once injected the Botox works as an agent to temporarily paralyze muscles that have caused wrinkles. Since this treatment is still relatively new, Botox injections are still somewhat costly. This is why it is typically practiced by those who are well off financially. One Botox treatment typically costs a patient anywhere from $250-$500 for each injection. If you have more than one area where you would like to eliminate wrinkles, keep in mind that you will be charged for each injection the doctor administers, not one price for the treatment.
It is somewhat simple to find a Botox doctor to administer the treatment should you be interested. Your regular doctor may be able to assist you in this process. If not, there are a number of searchable databases on the internet that allow you to find a number of doctors in your area that administer Botox injections. It is recommended that you find a doctor who belongs to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, since they are the best professionals available for this type of treatment. The most important thing to keep in mind when considering Botox injections is that they are not for everyone.