Botox ® Remains the #1 Facial Injectable

Sara Folsom

by Sara Folsom | April 20, 2008 @ 08:00AM

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Some of us are just not ready to age. And living in today's world, we don't have to look older than we feel - thanks to Botox® Cosmetic. This facial injectable was the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in 2007, remaining the most popular among both men and women.

As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity, which causes wrinkles and sagging. So the rising popularity of facial injectables continues as people seek non-surgical methods for quick and easy results, such as with Botox injections.

What makes Botox unique?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), "Botox, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck." Per a recent ASPS statistic report, 4.6 million people underwent Botox in 2007.

Facial fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm "fill in" and add volume to fine lines and wrinkles, while Botox is a toxin that "blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance."

Unlike surgical forms of anti-aging procedures, such as facelift surgery ("rhytidectomy") or eyelid surgery ("blepharoplasty"), Botox patients can immediately return to their normal activities. Botox is a simple outpatient procedure that may takes only about 15 to 30 minutes, with the final results authenticating in about a week.

Botox for aesthetic purposes is safe and effective, and may last more than three months (follow-up sessions are necessary to maintain results). Although it is only temporary, the side effects of Botox are minimal. Some of these include: local numbness, droopy eyelids, headaches, facial pain, swelling, bruising, and a burning sensation during injections. Although according to theAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), "Most complications are of short duration and can be avoided with proper injection techniques."

How much does Botox cost?

Depending on the physician's fee, the region, and the number of areas being treated, the cost of Botox can vary. The average Botox injection procedure will cost around $300 to $600 per session.

What are the results of Botox?

Botox will result in younger and fresher-looking skin by diminishing (depending on the severity of fine lines) the appearance of facial wrinkles, fine lines, and crow's feet. For a vivid idea of Botox results, please view before and after Botox pictures.

If you want to put facial aging on hold and learn the various benefits of Botox, including its treatment for migraine headaches, find a specialist who is fully qualified to perform this procedure. 

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