Did you know that Botox to the face is now the most popular cosmetic procedure in this country? Unfortunately, this has given rise to a lot of dangerous things, including so called “Botox parties”, where unqualified individuals deliver the injections, often to people who are significantly intoxicated. If you do want to have this treatment, make sure you only accept professional Botox treatments. Interestingly, one of the reasons why Botox parties are so popular is because it is such a misunderstood procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, having Botox will not turn you into a “Stepford Wife”. Rather, if it is done properly and professionally, it will make you look completely natural, only a whole lot younger. It can be used on mouths, eyebrows, foreheads, and more, taking years off your face.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a trademarked name for a medicinal form of botulism, the toxin, which has been diluted and purified. The dosage is so low that there is no concern about potentially developing botulism. Rather, it is a natural way to make your muscles relax, as well as being completely safe.
Usually, Botox is used on the large muscle groups found around the eyes and in the forehead. Once injected, it minimizes the surprise lines in the forehead, the frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet. These lines usually are permanent, unfortunately. However, if you continue to have Botox treatments, they appearance can be significantly reduced, and for a long period of time.
The treatment can also be used to give the eyebrows more shape. Through Botox, it is possible to lift, flare, or arch the eyebrows. Some people have natural eyebrow asymmetry, which means that one side is a lot more arched than the other side, or that they are out of line. Through Botox, it is possible to equalize the two sides, making the face look more symmetrical.
Traditionally, the treatment was used for the top part of the face, but many physicians now offer it for the lower half of the face as well. For instance, it can make the mouth look poutier, while at the same time decreasing the thin lines that often develop above the lift. It is also beneficial to lift the corners of the mouth. Physicians use it on the chin to make it look less bumpy, or on the nose so that “bunny wrinkles” become less visible. It can even be used in the neck to make the skin look less saggy. Clearly, as a cosmetic procedure, it is hugely versatile.
Botox injections are performed using a very small needle, holding just a tiny bit of the liquid. As a result, the procedure doesn’t hurt at all. The results of Botox are supposed to last about three to four months if done right, and this can be a little bit longer if you have repeated treatments. Unfortunately, the results are not permanent, so it is important that you do know you will have to come back for more treatments.