When it comes to facial rejuvenation, there is no other procedure that comes close to Botox. In fact, more than 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed in United States last year alone, according to research conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. So, what exactly is Botox and why are millions of Americans flocking to it every year?

What is Botox?

The substance from which Botox is derived from is called botulinum toxin. This can be a very dangerous and poisonous toxin. However, a very minute amount is used by physicians during cosmetic procedures making it very safe and effective for treating facial wrinkles and lines. Moreover, before being made popular in the plastic surgery world, Botox was actually used for several medical purposes. The qualities of Botox are helpful in treating conditions such as crossed eyes disorder, overactive bladder, muscle spasms, migraines, and excessive sweating, among many others.

How Does Botox Freeze Wrinkles?

One major reason that makes Botox so popular is that it produces impeccable results. It requires virtually no recovery period and can be completed in less than thirty minutes. Now, let’s take a brief look at how Botox actually works.

The substance in Botox prevents the muscles from releasing a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This causes a disruption in the muscles, therefore stopping them from contracting. As a result of this behavior, the muscles temporarily become paralyzed and are unable to form wrinkles on the surface of the skin. This effect lasts anywhere from three to six months.

The procedure itself is very quick and easy. After discussing your needs and planning out the procedure, the doctor will use a needle to inject Botox into the desired areas of the face to minimize or eliminate wrinkles. It may take seven to ten days for the full results to take effect. However, during this time, you will not be required to discontinue your daily routine or take time off from work.

Where Can Botox Be Used?

Botox is primarily used on the face to remove wrinkle, creases, and lines which appear as we age. In general, Botox is best suited for the areas of the face where dynamic wrinkles emerge. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles which become visible because of facial expressions. These include:

- Crow's feet (multiple wrinkles that form around the corner of the eyes)
- Smile lines (curved lines around the mouth)
- Frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Creases on the forehead (deep horizontal creases on the forehead)

There are many reasons as to why people get Botox. Besides the fact that it has been proven to deliver results time and time again, Botox is a great alternative for those who are not looking for a surgical procedure. It is a minimally invasive option and is generally a lot more affordable compared to many dermal fillers and surgeries. Lastly, it has minimal risks involved and is among those cosmetic substances which have been approved by the FDA.