As we grow older, we all start to worry about looking not-so young and beautiful anymore. Our skin begins to wrinkle, our hair begins to turn white and our bones often cease to be as strong as they once were. It is no surprise that man has tried to find ways of slowing down or even reversing the aging process. (To quote William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra: “You shall paint when you are old/ Wrinkles forbid!”) In recent years, there’s been a blessed development in helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The name of that miracle product is Botox.
When it was first introduced in 2002, Botox became the first botulinum toxin (the most powerful toxic known to man, produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum) to be used cosmetically. It’s injected into the muscles with a needle by a qualified physician and then takes immediate effect. Thanks to its increasing popularity amongst men and women, it has dramatically reduced in cost, time and recovery period. You can get it on your lunch break at work in under 30 minutes and stride into the office without anyone noticing your little secret. And while it takes minimal time and effort to get done, the effects can be dramatic for your self-confidence and well-being.
If you’re curious what Botox actually does, specifically, let us fill you in. The procedure provides temporary improvement in the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles. You’ve probably been briefed on the common signs of aging that include crow’s feet, laugh lines and deep furrows in the brow area. (The eye area is particularly susceptible to the formation of wrinkles because the muscles employed in frowning, squinting or even focusing the eyes are here.) If any muscles in your face are used particularly often, the effects of their contractions can leave their mark. Once the treatment has been injected into the muscles, the nerve impulses are blocked off. The resulting wrinkles are thus temporarily removed or frozen, leaving you with a happier, younger and dewier version of your natural good looks.
Cosmetic injections are a very popular way of turning back the clock. Many people choose them as an alternative to a very long and complex surgical procedure, which often involves a painful recovery period. During the 11 years since its inception, over 1.8 million people have chosen to undergo non-invasive surgery. While you might expect Gwyneth Paltrow or Madonna to try it, mere mortal men and women also find it an affordable and convenient option that fits with their lifestyles.
Many patients, after having been treated once and finding themselves pleased with the results, decide that they would like to undergo regular cosmetic injections. Keep in mind that you can have the procedure performed once every three to four months and can continue as long as you do not develop allergic symptoms. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, consider a professional clinic with a proven track record, such as the Skin Vitality clinic in Toronto. You can even stop by the Skin Vitality website today to book a consultation. One 30-minute session could lead to a whole new you.