Botox has become something of a celebrity itself in the skincare industry. Promising to instantly smooth-away wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance. Before going under the needle, you should know more about this popular treatment.
Botox is actually a bacterially borne substance called Botulinum Toxin that was identified in the 1970’s to cause food poisoning. Since then, it has been used widely in medical practises to help, among other things, correct facial asymmetry related to paralysis and control muscle spasms, its use in cosmetic applications is relatively recent.
How does it work?
Because it temporarily paralyses muscle tissue and breaks a muscle protein called SNAP-25, which is necessary for muscle contraction. localised injections of botox smooth out the lines caused by common facial expressions (frowning, squinting), crows feet, frown lines and furrows in the forehead are the most common areas treated, and just one session can last up to six months and when used properly is perfectly safe.
Like everything else in life, however more is not better! – unless you like looking expressionless, so take it easy!
What’s important to remember is that botox only smooths lines caused by repeated muscle contractions. Lines caused by sun damage and other causes of premature ageing are not remedied by the injection because they are not caused by muscle activity, but rather by the collapse of collage and elastin.
So whether or not you choose to get botox, you should still take good care of your skin and keep your skin protected from the sun. Injections should not be an excuse to forget to look after your skin – prevent the damage before it is done.
A good skin routine with products that contain antioxidants, cell communicating ingredients (vitamin A, peptides), AHA’s and most importantly sun protection. Remember that whether you get a facelift, injections/fillers – it is still the same skin you are lifting or filling! So take care of it!
Do your homework and find a reputable doctor or clinic – go with a friends recommendation, and be aware that things can go wrong!
Botox like products are no substitute for botox, no matter what they say on the label! Hexapeptides do have firming properties but cannot stop your muscles from contracting!
Allergan are the makers of Botox (Botox is the Trade name) – For more information take a look at their website.
An up and coming rival for Botox is Dysport, also known as Azzalure, this is made in the UK and first came on the market about 10 years ago. This competition will probably bring the prices down and make these injections more accessible for many people.
I don’t frown (sorry!) upon anyone who has opted for Botox! I think it has a place in an anti-ageing strategy if you desire it! For now though I am quite content with managing without it, and far too much of a wimp!