What is Botox

Having cosmetic surgery doesn’t always mean going under the knife; in fact, there are a number of anti-aging treatments on offer that are classed as being invasive, without requiring extensive surgery. Botox is one of the most popular, but believe it or not, many people still aren’t particularly familiar with what it actually is.

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is known in the industry as a cosmetic injectable, what comes inside the syringe is actually a neurotoxin. While the idea of injecting this kind of substance may conjure up a whole host of unwanted images, the reality is that this is an extremely successful method of reducing the signs of aging for women and men of all ages.

Why is it called Botox?

It gets its name from the fact that it is a diluted form of Botulinum Toxin and is used to relax facial muscles (particularly in the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes). Temporarily relaxing muscles and blocking nerve impulses, it becomes difficult for the user to move the targeted areas, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stopping new ones from forming, too.

Botox and the FDA

Botox treatment is FDA approved and safe (when done correctly) – and as the results have been speaking for themselves for decades now, more and more individuals are turning to injections to help them to achieve a more youthful appearance.

And when considering that these results can last for anywhere between three and six months – it’s not hard to see why Botox is a firm favourite over topical wrinkle creams and serums.

Botox – what age range is the best?

In recent years, the age-range of users has dropped significantly. This is largely due to the fact that Botox can be used to all but eliminate the amount of stress put on the skin in problem areas, by lessening the natural toll of facial expressions for months at a time. Now that these methods are more commonly seen as a preventative measure as well as an instant treatment, more young people are turning to cosmetic injections as a part of their anti-aging routines.

While there is currently no legal age limit, professional cosmetic surgeons, skincare specialists and those trained to administer these injections are unlikely to allow patients under 18 to have the treatment.

Can Botox really restrict facial movement?

In short, yes. These injections do cause a reduction in facial mobility, but that’s a big draw for those hoping to prevent wrinkles from forming and for those who want to smooth out existing lines. While it may be true that slightly lesser amounts of the toxin injected can allow for a little bit of movement, the best results are often achieved when agitation is all but prevented.

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