Perhaps you’re interested in taking a method to directly deal with problems in the
skin surrounding your eyes. The answer that you may have been looking for is Botox.
What Is It?
Botox is currently the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. In 2005
alone, there were over 3.8 million Botox treatments in the country. The procedure
was actually introduced in the late 1980s by a group of ophthalmologists in order
to treat optic muscle disorders. Its cosmetic use was discovered later on, and was
approved sometime in 2002 by the FDA for use to deal with wrinkles and facial lines.
Today, Botox is used to cure ocular muscle spasms, severe armpit perspiration, and
as an effective anti-wrinkle treatment for frown and laugh lines, crow’s feet and
How Does It Work?
Botox, or what is also known by its medical name Botulinum Toxin Type A, is basically
a compound injected into the facial muscles to weaken or even paralyze the muscles.
It combats wrinkles created when the nerve cells within the facial muscles release
the chemical acetylcholine. This chemical triggers the muscle contraction which creates
wrinkles. Botox disrupts the release of acetylcholine in order to stop the contraction.
What Is This Treatment Effective For?
If you have a major problem with wrinkles all over your face, then Botox could be
the best option for you. Because of its ability to stop the muscle contraction that
causes wrinkles, you can expect the procedure to reduce wrinkles by up to 80 percent,
giving you a more youthful, vibrant look. You will begin to notice results after
only one week of the treatment, and this will remain for at least three months.
If you only have one or two fine lines, you may choose a less invasive procedure
such as applying special creams, but if you have a lot of wrinkles already, then
you should definitely try Botox. It can treat wrinkles that are due to muscle contraction,
including crow’s feet, frown lines, neck bands and forehead creases.
Costs, Side Effects And Where You Can Do Botox Injections?
The cost of Botox treatments depend a lot on your doctor, region, as well as the
extent of the treatment. It typically ranges from $125 to $400 per area to be treated.
There are now a lot of doctors who can perform the procedure, although you can’t
expect all of them to have extensive expertise in its proper dosage. Your best bet
is to find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, though they would
typically charge a bit more for Botox. However, they are the best equipped for the
The most common side effect after getting Botox injections include nausea, headache,
redness and pain at the area where the toxin was injected, as well as flu-like symptoms.
There are also some occasions when the patient may experience drooping or muscle
weakness in the upper eyelid. Side effects should disappear after a few days.
If you are seriously considering getting Botox injections, make sure you only consult
with a highly qualified doctor. Make sure you review the credentials of your doctor
including his or her education, training, certification, and so on.