All About Botox® Injections
Botox® Information and History
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a substance derived from botulinum toxin A which is a neurotoxin that is used clinically in small quantities to treat strabismus and facial spasms and other neurological disorders characterized by abnormal muscle contractions. Botox® is also used by cosmetic surgeons and Medspas like Accent Aesthetics in Gainesville, Florida, to smooth frown lines temporarily which last for 3-6 months and have to be injected again. Accent Aesthetics aestheticians can help you get proper dosage and make you look younger with Gainesville Botox® Cosmetic injections.
History of Botox®:
Botulinum toxins were first researched in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders and for that otox were first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders like blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus, crossed eyes and even for wrinkles. In 2000, it was approved to treat cervical dystonia which is a disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions and as an unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that Botox® softened the frown lines between the eyebrows. So Botox® came into existence.
How Does Botox® Work?
Every time when you smile, laugh or frown wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles. Years and years of making these expressions, thus causing a crease in the skin, makes these creases permanent and for this no eye cream or anti-wrinkle cream can smooth out these wrinkles. And hence Botox® is injected into the affected area and temporarily paralyzes the muscles so that you cannot make these creases in the skin and due to this you will still have movement which allows you to still look like you, but not enough movement to cause a wrinkle. Taking the Botox® treatment you will look younger.
How much does Botox® cost?
Now-a-days many people, both men and women are turning to Botox® injections as a method of reversing the effects of time on their skin and turning back the clock and due to its increasing popularity it has now become the most affordable and effective wrinkle-reducing option available to the average consumer. Botox® injections prices vary. The average cost of Botox® injections in the United States is $350 and the areas that require single injection such as the area besides the eyes cost $400 to $900. For larger surface areas such as the forehead can cost $600 to $1300 in US. While in Canada, a single injection can cost from $300 to $500.
Side effects of Botox®
If you are pregnant and breast feeding or you are allergic to any ingredients of Botox® it is recommended by doctor not to go under Botox® treatment since it may result into any of the problems like headache, flu-like symptoms, facial pain, nausea, double vision, muscle weakness, temporary eyelid droops,etc.
Botox® - What Does It Do?
With all the hype and insanity over people getting Botox® injections for everything from a sagging chin to a droopy eyelid, one has to wonder just what it is that Botox® does and how exactly does it work?
To understand exactly what Botox® is and what it does, we first have to look at just how this amazing miracle of modern science came to be.
Botulinum toxins, which are what Botox® basically comes from, were first researched back in the good old 60s during the hippie era. Originally the purpose of this was to treat neurological disorders. In 1989 Botox® was finally approved by the FDA to treat eye muscle disorders like blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, strabismus, crossed eyes and even wrinkles. In the year 2000 it was approved to treat cervical dystonia. This is a disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions and also a very unusual side effect of eye disorder treatments. In their research, doctors discovered that Botox® softened the frown lines between the eyebrows. It was after this discovery that Botox® officially came into existence and was FDA approved on April 15, 2002.
So what exactly does Botox® do? How does it work? Well, when Botox® is injected into the muscles of the forehead, it blocks nerve impulses which results in the weakening of the muscles that cause frowning. Eventually over a period of several months, given enough of these injections, the frown lines start to get softer and in many cases eventually disappear completely. Botox® can also be injected into the muscles of the face that cause crows feet, forehead lines and frown lines.
Botox® injections themselves are actually a diluted form of botulism. Yes, the same botulism that can make us very ill. Botox® cosmetic is a purified form the Botulinum toxin.
The next question is, how exactly does it work? Well, to put it simply, every time you laugh, smile, frown, or for that matter do just about anything with your facial muscles, wrinkles are caused by the underlying contractions of these muscles. After years of making these expressions the wear and tear on your face begins to be noticeable and the lines start to become permanent. When these creases become permanent, no kind of skin cream can get rid of them. That's where Botox® comes in. After being injected into the effected area, it temporarily paralyzes these muscles so that you can't make these expressions. That's why people who have had Botox® injections literally look like mannequins. You'll still have enough movement to look semi human (a matter of opinion) but not enough to cause these wrinkles. So in fact by taking these Botox® injections they make you look younger.
So what's the price for this "fountain of youth?" Botox® is not cheap, my friend. The average cost of just one Botox® injection in the United States is about $350. This also depends on what area of your face is getting the injections. The area near the eyes is more expensive, costing between $400 and $900 per injection. For large surface areas such as the forehead, injections can be between $600 and $1300 a pop.
And with all the fuss about simply looking younger, one has to wonder how safe these injections are. That is probably best left for another time.
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