All men and women eventually reach an age when we look at ourselves in the mirror and see lines around our eyes and deep furrows in our foreheads. These small signs of aging may not be disfiguring, but they can have a scarring impact on our psychological health and sense of self-confidence, as they remind us each day that we are getting older and conforming less and less to societal standards of beauty.
When you’re young, it’s easy not to care about aging, but as we grow older we often find the problem is staring us right in the face. What many people don’t know is that all this can change. We can all look younger again and find our way back toward feeling good about ourselves every day simply by using Botox.
Botox has been on the medical scene in some form or another for more that 30 years. It was first approved by the FDA in 1980 for the treatment of uncontrolled blinking and lazy eyes, and later used to treat wrinkles. In later years Botulinum toxin type A was used to treat wide range of conditions including overactive bladder, vaginal spasms, movement disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy, joint pain, and even excessive perspiration (1). In 2002, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for wrinkles around the eyes (crows’ feet) and furrows on the forehead. Unlike liposuction. Botox is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure and involves almost no pain or post-treatment downtime.
Botox is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, and the way it works is quite interesting. The procedure is done in a doctor’s office and should only be performed by experienced clinicians. The doctor uses a fine needle to inject Botox into the muscles that control the forehead and around the eye. The Botox sends a signal to the nerves in the muscles to “freeze” them, thus preventing them from contracting. This, in turn, allows the skin once controlled by these muscles to relax and soften any wrinkles that may have formed. It takes about one week before the full effect of the Botox can be seen, but once it is, the effects are noticeable without being extreme.
The use of Botox treatments has a long record of safety and reliability. The drug’s effects on skin usually last about six months, after which time the wrinkles can reappear, and you can return to your doctor to decide on your next course of Botox treatments. These injections have a long record of success in reducing wrinkles with little or no side effects.
The most important factor in making sure your Botox treatment is as successful as possible is to use a tested and true clinic, like Toronto’s Skin Vitality. You can visit their main website, www.skinvitality.ca, to learn more about their proven track record. Making sure you use a tried and tested clinic also helps to ensure that your treatment will be a success. No one should have to look in the mirror and feel unhappy, no matter what their age – but thankfully, Botox can help.