The latest rage in skin care and wrinkle treatment is Botox. Everyone is getting it from Hollywood stars to mothers and daughters. Botox promises to reduce or remove wrinkles and turn back the hands of time and actually make the skin look years younger.
It has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes and removing facial wrinkles in 2018 and has created a boon and financial windfall for dermatologists and plastic surgeons that offer it in their offices.
So What is Botox?
What is Botox and what makes it so popular with wrinkle reduction that practically everyone has to have it and people are lining up in droves for repeat treatments? Botox is actually clinically called Botulinum Toxin Type A and is manufactured and marketed by Botox Cosmetic.
It is basically a toxin produced by a specific bacteria – the same bacteria that causes botulism (food poisoning). Through research it has been found that small amounts of the toxin will deaden nerves and cease muscle movement in the affected areas. This will cease contraction by the muscles which will stop frowning or wrinkling.
Within a few days to 1 week much of the existing wrinkles will disappear creating a more youthful look. This treatment only lasts about three months before it must be repeated. Still it is a highly effective in wrinkle reduction and treatment.
Typically Botox is offered as an outpatient treatment and only takes 10 to 15 minutes for a competent doctor to perform. Many doctors have been known to treat as many as 20 people per day with Botox injections. Some have lately been known to give Botox parties with reduced prices for groups of people wanting to experience the Botox wrinkle reduction treatment.
Before attending one of these parties it is advised to check out and make sure the provider that will be doing the treatments is a licensed medical doctor (Botox wrinkle treatment cannot be purchased for self treatment or over the counter and is only available from a licensed cosmetic doctor or dermatologist.
According to doctor Robert Goldenberg, “Botox parties are frowned upon in the industry as it can lead to hasty treatments, incorrect injections, and added complications in the least. A proper medical evaluation should first be done to determine if a Botox treatment would be a good recommendation, there are people and cases where it is not warranted and should not be done.” It is also important to make sure they will be using Botox and not some other filler like saline or silicone.
Licensed doctors will use real, pure Botox, but unlicensed providers may inject you with who knows what. This was documented on a recent CBS special on unlicensed medical providers doing everything from illegal surgeries to injections with silicone.
Silicone has been outlawed for most uses and until recently was even outlawed for breast implants. Unlike Botox, silicone is permanent and will migrate in the body. “It can block an artery, vein, affect major organs and even end in death,” says Michelle from Charleston Microblading, Lash, Brow and Botox Bar.
This is why it is important to make sure you receive Botox from a real licensed provider. Don’t fall for a unusually low price in the case of Botox wrinkle reduction and treatment you really do get what you pay for.
Another great wrinkle reduction treatment that most cosmetic doctors will use along with Botox treatments is the TCA chemical peel. The TCA chemical peel is considered to be the most effective, longest lasting (up to 6 months versus 1 to 3 months for lighter skin peels like glycolic and salicylic acid) and easiest to use of all the skin peels.
Unlike the Botox treatment, the TCA chemical peel is applied to the exterior of the skin so it is not considered by the FDA to be a drug and is available for in home use and application. Both of these products work as highly effective wrinkle treatments and together make a great addition to any skin care regimen.