Just a few months ago, the British drugstore chain Superdrug announced that it would begin offering Botox injections to its customers for just £99 - that's about $130 USD.
Customers must be over the age of 25 and they must book the procedure in advance. The store does not offer treatments on a walk-in basis.
Can a similar service here in the United States be far behind? With over 7 million Botox procedures performed each year, it's clear that the demand is there!
Have you been considering Botox? If you're on the fence about whether or not to give this minimally invasive procedure a try, read on to learn about some surprising benefits of Botox!
First, The Lowdown on What Botox Is
Botox is derived from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause a type of illness caused botulism. When formulated for cosmetic or medical use, however, botulinum toxin actually has beneficial effects.
Aside from its ability to relax the facial muscles that are prone to causing wrinkles, Botox offers a wealth of medical uses, including treatment of:
- Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating
- Neuropathic pain
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasticity
- Overactive bladder
- Allergy symptoms
- Improper eye alignment
- Depression and anxiety
Botox is FDA approved for some of the uses, but not all of them. The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for cosmetic applications in 2002.
The Surprising Benefits of Botox
The number of people who choose Botox to help restore their smooth, wrinkle-free skin and their overall youthful appearance has been increasing, and it's no wonder. Take a look at the benefits that Botox provides to see for yourself.
1. Botox Is Preventative
Despite the marketing lingo that touts botox injections as a treatment for "moderate to severe" wrinkles and lines, Botox may actually work best on wrinkles that haven't yet formed. At any rate, this minimally invasive cosmetic procedure works at least as well on burgeoning wrinkles as on established ones.
The younger you begin Botox injections, the fewer of them you might actually need throughout your lifetime. By relaxing the facial muscles that can cause wrinkles, this treatment not only works retroactively but can prevent the wrinkles from ever taking hold on your skin.
2. Botox Is Quick and Virtually Painless
Unlike other cosmetic procedures that are bona fide surgeries, and as such require a hospital stay, getting a Botox injection is very simple. You can have the procedure done on your lunch hour! It only takes 15 to 30 minutes for each Botox treatment.
Not only is it quick, but it's also almost painless. In fact, many satisfied Botox patients say that the treatment is comparable in sensation to getting a flu shot or other vaccination.
There are a few side effects to be aware of, although they are very rare. Botox patients sometimes experience redness, irritation, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Headaches and flu-like symptoms may also occur.
When you consult with the aesthetician who will administer the botox injection, they'll discuss all the potential side effects with you. And if at any time after getting a botox treatment, you don't feel well, make sure to seek medical attention just to be on the safe side.
3. The Effects of Botox Improve with Time
It will take a few days for you to see improvement in your skin's condition after having a Botox procedure performed. Once you do start to see a change, you can then expect to look better and better, up until about the two-week mark. So don't pass judgment on the results of your Botox injection immediately.
The effects will eventually wear off, but that takes much longer - four to six months, on average. This is good news for people who are skeptical about the procedure; unlike many other surgical cosmetic treatments, Botox is not permanent.
If you don't like the way it makes you look, you won't have to live with it forever - or undergo any kind of pricey reversal. Just give it time.
4. Botox Works On Every Type of Skin
Botox's effects do not discriminate. The botulinum toxin can be effectively used on any ethnicity or shade of skin. This is good news for African-American women, as well as people of Asian descent.
Minimally invasive, nonsurgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers don't serve just wealthy Caucasian women, but are equal opportunity procedures.
5. Botox Does Not Freeze Your Face
One of the most widespread myths about Botox is that it will "freeze" your facial muscles, leading to a mask-like facial expression that you cannot get rid of. Many people are afraid that if they get Botox injections, they won't be able to smile, frown, raise their eyebrows, or have various facial expressions.
This simply isn't true.
Rather than "freezing" the face, Botox injections relax the muscles underneath the most wrinkle-prone area of the skin. Because of the way that Botox works, it isn't effective on every type of wrinkle. Wrinkles that have occurred as a result of sun damage, or the effect of gravity, aren't going to respond to Botox as well as the wrinkles that occur from using the muscles of your face.
Of all the benefits of Botox, perhaps the most important of all is that Botox's effects are gradual and subtle - and therefore look natural. It isn't uncommon for patients to report that their friends and family notice how much better they look, but can't put a finger on what has changed.
If you're curious about Botox for migraines, hyperhidrosis, or muscle spasms, contact your primary care physician.
If you're interested in Botox for cosmetic purposes, contact us!
Our team of supportive, experienced, and compassion professionals will be happy to answer any questions you might have. We can also meet with you to discuss which minimally invasive procedures will yield the best results for your particular cosmetic concerns.