Botox® is the No. 1 nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States and across the world, and its popularity continues to grow. If you haven’t already tried it yourself, chances are you know someone who has. You may even know someone who receives regular Botox boosts.
Botox has long secured its place as the go-to treatment for achieving temporary wrinkle reduction and smoother skin without having to go under the knife. Its proven results have helped millions of older Americans maintain a more youthful appearance, just as it’s now being used by many millennials to prevent wrinkle formation in the first place.
If the benefits of Botox are appealing to you, but the thought of taking the plunge makes you nervous, you’re not alone. First-time Botox patients are often worried that the treatment will make them look frozen, or that the injections themselves with be painful. Others worry about the safety of using a neurotoxin for cosmetic reasons.
Here at the Anti-Aging Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, we’ve helped countless people turn back the hands of time safely and effectively with Botox. Read on to find out what makes Botox worth its No. 1 rating.
Botox is safe and effective
The idea of injecting a neurotoxin into your body may make you want to turn and run. A neurotoxin is a poison, right? Not so fast.
Botox is a therapeutic agent that contains tiny amounts of a highly-purified botulinum toxin protein, which has been refined from the natural bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
When it’s injected at specific points in your facial anatomy, it blocks the nerve signals that cause the underlying muscles in that area to contract. Once these muscles become more relaxed, the skin that lies over them smooths out and appears less wrinkled.
Like any other therapeutic agent, medicine or drug, Botox is completely safe when it’s administered properly, using the FDA-approved dosage. Its impeccable safety record is just part of why Botox is approved for use in 78 countries across the world.
The other reason that Botox is a household name in every corner of the globe is that it delivers beautiful results. Whether you want to get rid of the deep furrows between your brows that make you look angry, or you’d like to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet, Botox can help.
Botox is minimally invasive
In 2016, cosmetic surgeons perform just over 131,000 facelift procedures in the United States. That same year, Americans had about seven million Botox treatments. While you may conclude that Botox is far more affordable than a facelift (and you’d be right), Botox has something else going for it, too — it’s minimally invasive.
What does that mean? Simply put, you can receive a Botox treatment through a few tiny injections. The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia or incisions of any kind, and there’s minimal downtime afterward, so you can resume your normal activities right away.
A facelift is the only other treatment that provides comparable results, but it’s a major surgical procedure that requires extensive planning and weeks of downtime for healing and recovery.
It’s also important to remember that people who opt for facelift surgery will still continue to age, even if their results are comparatively long-lasting.
When you choose Botox as your go-to anti-aging remedy, on the other hand, it simply becomes part of your normal self-care routine. Although individual results may vary, Botox results generally last for about four months.
Botox is quick and painless
Tiny, sterile needles are used to administer Botox. Because the needles are so slender and the procedure is so quick — you can receive a full Botox treatment in just 10 minutes — most patients don’t feel any pain or discomfort.
It takes three small injections to treat the squint lines around your eyes, and five small injections to treat the deeper wrinkles in your forehead.
Although you may experience minor swelling and slight redness immediately after the procedure, both side effects typically disappear within a few hours. Then, 24-48 hours after your treatment, you start to see smoother skin.
If you want your neighbor, friend, or sister to ask you why you look so refreshed, we’re ready to help at the Anti-Aging Institute. Call our Lexington, Kentucky office today, or make your Botox consultation appointment using our convenient online booking feature.