Botox; the rise of a new breed of cosmetic procedure

Botox is a hot topic in the plastic surgery and health world and has been for some time. Back in the early days of its introduction Botox was seen as the best new thing in cosmetic surgery; in fact it was named number one in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2006. As its use became more widespread it perhaps saw a downturn in the media view with Botox so often being seen as the cause of a frozen face or deer in a headlights look that some celebrities were sporting.

This, of course, wasn’t strictly true with so many of these much written about celebrity surgery fans having had too many procedures in the brow or face lift area causing this look.

Botox is a procedure much like other surgical and non-surgical options; in the fact that if completed correctly can give amazing results.

Smoother frown lines, less forehead wrinkles and all whilst allowing for the natural expression of your face; not a constantly surprised look as some perhaps associated with it.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the statistics associated with Botox often tell the story of its success. Botox is now believed to account for 38% of worldwide procedures and within the UK Botox is the most popular non-surgical treatment with 39% of the market opting for Botox. Although these statistics do not take into account the amount of procedures that are completed away from plastic surgery clinics, therefore only boosting the numbers even higher.

With an increase in people opting for Botox there has been an associated increase in those places that offer it. This makes it even more important to ensure that the clinic, surgery or salon that you choose to complete your procedure are registered, experienced and will ensure your safety at every point of the process.

But is Botox in itself safe to administer? The answer to this is that yes, ultimately it is. There is much like any other cosmetic treatment a chance that you may be allergic to it, as well as this it may also cause minor skin irritations after its application.

Other common side effects that can be associated to Botox are bruising, swelling and uneven skin at the site of injection, however these are all temporary and will fade quickly.

If the dose of Botox given is high (such as for the treatment of muscle spasms) then you may find that there is an increased chance of side effects. Secondary to this it should also not be administered too many times in a short space of time as this can be dangerous for your health. It is recommended that you have Botox every 4-6 months.

It is important to remember that Botox is still a chemical that can cause issues after administration however these are rare occurrences. You can expect to see fantastic results from the Botox procedure and once tried you may join the legions of people who would be more than happy to recommend to their friends.