Every time we turn on the television to catch up on the latest Hollywood gossip, we are confronted with the perky faces of celebrities who appear to have found the fountain of youth. The ticking of the clock and the passing of the years seems not to have affected them at all. Most, even though they have celebrated their sixtieth or seventieth birthdays, seem to have found a way to dodge the inevitable sags and wrinkles.
Some folks just seem to have inherited wonderful genes from their ancestors. We all know people whose hair has retained its color and whose brow has remained smooth. Their skin seems to defy wrinkling and crows feet are nowhere to be seen.
However, most of us are not so fortunate. The passing of the years takes its toll and we may look in the mirror one morning and wish there was a magic solution that will give us back our youthful, perky appearance.
If we were to remain watching those celebrity "tell all" shows, we might discover that there is indeed a way. Since these people are in the public eye and usually have large egos, they like nothing better than to talk about themselves. It won't be long before the conversation turns to how great they are looking. Then, in the next breath, you'll probably hear the word "Botox".
Botox is the reigning monarch in the world of medical cosmetic procedures, as ranked by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Celebrities no longer disappear for weeks while they heal from a facelift, only to emerge wearing large sunglasses and a headscarf. It is now completely not necessary to go under the knife.
Administered by certified nurse practitioners by needle, the magic serum is the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin. When it is injected into the area needing treatment, the toxins block the nerve impulses, enabling the wrinkle-causing muscles to relax. The crows feet at the edges of your eyes, your corrugated forehead, and ugly frown lines are erased.
There was a time when this procedure was only attainable by the rich and famous. As with most innovations, Botox treatments have become safer, more affordable, and available in all areas of the country. It will ease your mind to know that it is approved by the (FDA) Food and Drug Administration.
If you are anxious about possible pain, be assured that the more applicable word is "discomfort", and it will be minimal and short-lived. For patients with a very low pain threshold, the technician can administer anesthetic cream or a soothing cold pack.
It is possible to achieve the look you want in very little time, even on a lunch break from the office. However, it is advisable to properly prepare for your new look by choosing a clinic that specializes in cosmetic procedures including Botox. A reputable practitioner will certainly offer a complete consultation prior to your procedure.
As desirable as this wrinkle-eraser is, there are some individuals who should not be treated. If you have an infection in the problematic area, are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients in the injected formula, or suffer from a neuromuscular disorder, then this is not for you.
The beauty of Botox is that, after treatment, the results take effect over a period of two to three days, sometimes up to a week. Your friends and family will probably say that you are looking really well, but will not suspect that you have had "something done". Contrary to some popular myths, your expressions will not appear frozen and you can still frown and laugh as before. Your wrinkles and ridges will be gone and you'll look years younger.
One of the most reassuring aspects is that results can last for four to six months, and after that your creases and lines will gradually reappear. So if you like your new look, you can sign up for another session, or you can choose not too. This makes your decision so much easier than when surgery was the only option.
So, don't wait, reduce the signs of aging with Botox treatments, and discover your own personal fountain of youth.