BOTOX is becoming increasingly popular, as evidenced by a recent article in the Leaf-Chronicle titled “Safety, ease of Botox injections lead to growing popularity.” Robin Sloan of the Leaf-Chronicle writes, “Botox injections and similar cosmetic procedures, use small doses of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscles in the treated region. This toxin is the same toxin that can occasionally cause food poisoning, leading to the comparison. While Botox is frequently used to treat medical conditions such as neck spasms and excessive sweating, the treatment reached its highest popularity as a cosmetic treatment to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. ‘The treatment works,’ Mikal explains, ‘by blocking nerve signals affecting facial muscles. This then causes the muscles to greatly relax, leading to the appearance of diminished facial lines.’ The process of receiving Botox injections is a relatively simple one done in a medical office as an outpatient procedure. ‘We’re seeing more and more spas offering the procedure as well,’ says Mikal, ‘which really speaks to the popularity and safety of the treatment.’ The procedure is quick and relatively painless, involving a licensed practitioner injecting the target region with small amounts of the botulinum toxin. The number of injections is dependent upon the treatment area and the individual patient.”
As noted above, one of the reasons BOTOX is becoming more popular is because people are dispelling the myths about the procedure. An example of this is a recent article on Yahoo Beauty titled “Botox Myths: 8 Things You Need to Know.” One of the myths dispelled in the article is that Botox is unsafe. The author writes, “Despite being a toxin, BOTOX® is actually one of the safest drugs recognised. With over 4,000 research papers and over 6 million injections per year in the US alone, it has been estimated that you would need to re-mortgage your house to pay for the amount of BOTOX® that would actually be fatal to an adult human being.”
If you’re looking into a BOTOX procedure, you need a trusted, internationally known and acknowledged surgeon like Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. Dr. Barrett is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
BOTOX patients can expect visible smoothing as early as 3-4 days after the injection. Generally, the first onset of effect is less than a week. At the maximum, the effect typically occurs at 30 days. Typically, the duration of effect is up to 3 months, but may last significantly longer or shorter in individual patients.
If you’re interested in BOTOX, contact Dr. Moulton-Barrett for a consultation.