Originally, Botox was created by German medical officer and romantic poet, Justinus Kerner. He performed early experiments using blood sausage in the 1820s. During that time Botox was primarily known as “botulinum toxin”. It wasn’t until recently in 2002 that the FDA approved the cosmetic procedure. Now thousands of people ranging from celebrities to your next door neighbor use Botox. So what exactly is this miracle glue everyone is talking about?
Botox is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is a very diluted form of Botulinum Toxin, which is found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. In this diluted format, it is used to relax the muscles, typically the muscles in your forehead, in between your eyebrows, and around your eyes. Botox temporarily blocks local nerve impulses to specific muscles within your face. This prevents you from making certain facial expressions, so that you won’t form the wrinkles that come with them.
When you think of a needle going anywhere near your face, it sounds a little daunting. Nevertheless, you can rest assured that Botox is a very common and highly sought-after procedure. It is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, but it also helps alleviate a number of health problems. Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 for the purpose of treating Blepharospasm of the eyelid, and now can treat thousands of medical conditions, such as hyperhidrosis and chronic migraines. Since 2002, when the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use, millions of people have undergone the cosmetic procedure safely and effectively.
Some people say that Botox makes you look sort of “frozen”, taking away the personality from your face. While it is true that some movement will be restricted, a moderate amount of Botox will still allow you to react and communicate on a natural level. Botox relaxes the wrinkle-forming facials muscles at the sight of injection, it does not affect other facial muscles that are used for overall facial expressions.
Now a days younger and younger patients have been getting Botox as a preventative measure. They start even before the wrinkles appear. Dermatologists can’t really recommend the best time or age to try it. This all depends on you and your personal preference and goals. Wrinkles don’t present themselves over night, it happens slowly over a long period of time, so you don’t notice it on a daily basis. This is why Dermatologists say that it is never to early to start an anti-aging skin regimen.
It is very important to have realistic expectations from your Botox procedure. Botox does not get rid of all the wrinkles in your face. Botox improves the appearance of wrinkles made from expressions. Botox lasts around three months. You will need maintenance every 3 to 6 months. Botox temporarily relaxes your muscles and it wears off over time. As skin ages, the skin loses elasticity and collagen breaks down, so constant muscle and skin contraction can create more permanent wrinkles.
Botox injections take about 10 to 15 minutes to administer, depending on how many areas are being treated. You may experience mild pain with the injections, but most people find the discomfort tolerable. There is little or no downtown required after the procedure is over.
The simplicity of Botox injections has made it incredibly popular. This has made many people to believe that the drug can be administered in a social atmosphere. It is very important and critical to remember that while Botox is quick and minimally invasive it is still a medical procedure. Botox should be performed by an experience dermatologist or surgeon. Do your homework before you make your appointment. It is recommended to have a consultation first prior to your injections. Ask questions! Lux Dermatology specializes in Aesthetic Services such as Botox. You can always contact us to ask questions and to schedule your consultation.