History of Botox®
The quest for a “fountain of youth” spans thousands of years. While the introduction of Botox® as a cosmetic therapy may not go back quite as far, its medical uses are well documented. Small amounts of the bacterium botulinum, when injected into specific muscles cause a controlled weakness of such muscles. As a result, the FDA approved the uses in the late 1980s to halt certain medical ailments, aiding in relieving symptoms lazy eye, chronic muscular pain, urinary issues related to an overactive bladder, excessive sweating and management of severe migraines.
In 2002, Botox® gained FDA approval for cosmetic purposes. While it may not actually turn back the hands of time, Botox® has been effective in giving the appearance of such, so much so, that it is the most popular therapy for aging skin available today.
Benefits of Botox®
Fighting the effects of aging is just one of the several benefits of Botox® treatments. Botox® is used to help decrease excessive sweating and has been found to be helpful in reducing the frequency of chronic headaches. There are a number of other proven medical applications as well and even more on the way.
Of course, the use of Botox® has also proven quite effective in reducing lines and wrinkles in the skin, as well as lifting the brow.
One of the main draws to Botox® therapy is the cost, as it is far less in price than most other methods of effectively reducing the signs of aging. Other benefits to take into account are the minimal length of the procedure, recovery time (non-existent) and little to no side effects. Patients may also like the after-effects, as wrinkles often seem less noticeable and smoother long after the actual procedure wears off.
How is Botox® Therapy Performed?
Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine injected into the muscles, used to temporarily reduce the wrinkling of the skin in adults. In regard to age management, Botox® works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles. As the muscles relax, wrinkles soften. Most often it is used on forehead lines, frown lines and the notorious crow’s feet around the eyes.
No anesthesia is needed for Botox® Therapy. It only takes a few minutes in an office setting and the injection itself only produces mild discomfort. It usually takes between 3-5 days for Botox® to take full effect and the results last for 4-6 months.
Making the Right Choice
To make certain that Botox® is properly and effectively administered it is vital to choose the right clinical facility. Dr. Scott’s Center for Weight, Hormone and Age Management is the premier facility in the Charlotte area for Aesthetic Procedures and much more. For a Botox® consultation or any other need regarding your overall wellness, please feel free to contact Dr. Scott’s.