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Is Botox Right for You?

Botox has made a huge splash in the health and beauty market because of its ability to erase and minimize wrinkles. The stunning success of the BOTOX solution has had beauty enthusiasts lining up to receive their wrinkle treatments.

Are botox treatments safe?

After all BoTOX is a protein toxin produced by clostridium botulinum bacteria. This is the first cousin to the deadly botulism bacteria.

Botox has been safely used by opthamoligists for over a decade without any serious side effects being reported. This drug has actually been around since the early 1960’s. Originally it was used as a treatment for crossed eyes. The manner in which botox works is that it is injected into the muscle where the wrinkles appear. When the botox is injected into the muscle the frown lines, crow’s feet and laugh lines temporarily disappear. I stress the use of the word “temporary” because a botox treatment normally lasts about 3 to 6 months. Botox treatments were approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment of muscles that produce frown lines.

Botox injections are more popular than breast augmentation. Current botox patients report that after several treatments the effects of this wrinkle cure last much longer. It is important to note that Botox is ineffective for fine wrinkles because fine wrinkles do not appear because of facial expression caused by facial muscles.

On the flipside, the one negative of botox treatments is a slight and temporary drooping of the eyelid. At the present time this appears to be the most important side effect of botox treatment.

While botox has been safely used by millions of patients, it is recommended that pregnant women, or women who are breastfeeding their babies as well as patients suffering from neurologic disease should never use botox.

 The three most common areas for Botox treatment are the crow’s feet, forehead, and the lines in-between the brows.  The cost of treatment for those three areas is likely to be at least  $500. 

Botox treatments do not work for everyone. However, over 90% of patients who have been surveyed are extremely happy with this procedure. 

However, there are some face creams on the market, which claim to be almost as good as  Botox and which you can apply yourself, so are much cheaper.  These appear to vary a lot in effectiveness but one particular Botox alternative, which has had some excellent reviews is “Retinol Day Cream”.


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