by Slone Mathieu
Botox has been used cosmetically for over a decade. Four million people nationwide are intimately acquainted with the anti-aging, wrinkle-reducing benefits of Botox. The product itself generates 2.4 billion annually, but the average treatment only costs about $350 and takes less than 30 minutes to administer. This makes it a quick, affordable, non-invasive option for many people.
Botox is an FDA-approved purified protein derived from a type of bacteria. This treatment works by paralyzing nerve impulses, which in turn reduces the muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles.
The majority of Botox users are 40+, but it’s quickly gaining popularity with a younger set, looking to take preventative measures. Nowadays, the biggest complaint is too much product and improper application. To avoid these complications, please keep in mind that your injections should be customized to your natural expression, with additional consideration to your facial features and muscle strength. The ideal Botox treatment should be administered with the same care and consideration that Goldilocks reserved for her porridge: not too hot and not too cold.
Dr. Russo and staff can help you warm up that frozen faced look! They can also offer advanced therapies that you may not have imagined. Let’s collectively raise our eyebrows in awe and amazement (or perhaps, just because you can!), as we tell you about some of the amazing bonus benefits of Botox…
SHAPE-SHIFTING. Coupled with dermal fillers, Botox can serve as a redefining therapy. By plumping lax tissue and preventing onset aging, 15 minutes with a well-placed needle can cover a years worth of facials, for just about the same amount. This combo offers you a non-invasive, fast-acting option to subtly improve the signs of aging.
EXCESSIVE PERSPIRATION. Botox can be injected into the sweat glands, which block chemical signals from key nerve endings, to effectively deactivate the glands and reduce excessive sweating. It is most commonly used to control perspiration in the underarms. However, the treatment can be directed to the palms as well. This presents a possible solution if your job requires a firm grip or a steady hand. Calling everyone from Firefighters to Surgeons, and Politicians to PR Pros!
GUMMY/TOOTHY SMILE. The traditional treatment to correct a “BIG” smile is a surgical procedure called a Gingivectomy. Healing time can be extensive and the cost may be high, which is what makes Botox a viable option. By injecting Botox into the muscles that elevate the upper lip, you can effectively block the nerve and relax the muscle to reduce your smile size.
ACNE. Botox can be used to block the dermal chemical that is responsible for increased sebum production, thereby reducing the oil slick and controlling the inflammatory response of acne. Injected directly into an infected pore, it can also prevent the expansion of the erector pili muscle that surrounds the skin’s pore.
So, if you want it done “just right”, with an optional cherry on top of your porridge, book your appointment with Dr. Russo and Staff.