Botox has become one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic surgery today. As a non-invasive, relatively painless and affordable procedure – it almost seems too good to be true.
Botox is also called botulinum toxin type A and is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. What happens is that the medicine reduces and blocks muscle activity to rid fine lines in the facial area.
This procedure should be performed by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist. Why? While the procedure is relatively painless – the doctor is still using a prescription medication and no procedure is without some risk. Also, not everyone is right for this procedure and a doctor can help patients determine if Botox is right for them.
Within days, patients typically see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between eyebrows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can typically last for four to six months. Of course, everyone is different and results can vary.
The procedure has been known to be relatively painless but prior to the injections, a doctor may numb the area. The entire procedure is quick (less than 30 minutes) and most people can experience Botox with little or no down time.
Alternatives to Botox
If the idea of an injection containing a toxic bacteria that causes botulism makes you a little squeamish, perhaps you may want to consider an over the counter alternative. Critics have recently been lauding the combination of Snow Algae Powder and six powerful peptides (including Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Syn-Ake), Vitamin C, and Hyaluronic Acid to reduce wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, sagging skin, loss of firmness and other visible signs of aging.
Unlike Botox and other potentially expensive, in-office dermatological procedures that are not covered by insurance, over-the-counter anti-aging skin care solutions from companies such as Hydra Skin Sciences and others, offer many of the same benefits without a needle and at significantly lower cost or potential health complications. “With the Allegro Anti-aging Cream and Brio Day & Night Serum our customers are able to restore their youthful appearance, dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten sagging skin to mimic the effects of many popular dermatological treatments,” says Leon Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer for Hydra Skin.