Just like the names Kleenex and Q-Tip, somehow Botox has become an infamous brand name to the average American consumer. What makes it so appealing to us? Perhaps, it is the inner celebrity star in us that becomes attracted to the idea of Botox—the idea of paying money to look young and fabulous. Take a couple minutes to learn more about this brand name treatment and what it can really do.
Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is indeed a brand name of a purified neurotoxin complex produced by bacterium. There are many uses for this toxin including relieving symptoms of dystonia (uncontrollable tightening of the neck muscles), strabismus (an eye muscle problem), blepharospasm (uncontrollable tightening of the eyelid muscles), upper limb spasticity (increased muscle stiffness in joints), and many other conditions. However, the cosmetic use for Botox nowadays is to kill wrinkles.
When Botox in injected, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, making it unable to contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on the forehead area, lines around the eye known as crow’s feet,
The procedure only takes a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. Botox is injected with a fine needle and has very little discomfort. It takes about 3-5 days to take full effect and generally lasts 4-6 months.
Side effects of Botox include temporary bruising. Rarely, headaches can occur as well as eyelid drooping. There are no known allergies associated with Botox so far.
The cost? It depends on how much you’d want. Typically, a treatment can cost around $600 to cover a good area of your face or body. There are difference price ranges for different places such as malls, skin care centers, and of course, plastic surgeons or physicians. If you are looking for Botox treatment, the best way to start your research is by visiting the American Academy of Dermatology or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons sites.
If you have insurance, there is a possibility that they can cover some of the cost. It highly depends on the medical necessity of your condition. If you are inquiring about Botox to get rid of wrinkles, it’s not likely that your insurance company will cover the cost.
Before getting a Botox treatment, you should visit your doctor to go over your current health conditions to make sure that Botox will be safe for you.