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American Society Of Plastic Surgeons. Botox Takes A Shot At Pain

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We live in a society that has technologically advanced medicine to fix what we are unhappy with when we look in the mirror. A few decades ago, only wealthy movie stars could afford cosmetic procedures such as face-lifts and nose jobs. However, there are alternatives to these drastic procedures that can be used in your 20’s and 30’s to prevent the need for going under the knife in your 40’s and 50’s. Botox injections are affordable minimally invasive procedure women and men can utilize to restore their youthful appearance. There are possible side effects but they are nothing compared to other procedures like a face-lift.
Many women are afraid of looking old and wrinkled. You often hear women in their 30’s and 40’s say that they are unhappy with the way they look because of wrinkles that have worsened over time. They still feel young and they want to look their best. As we age there is no doubt that we like what we see in the mirror less and less. If Botox or other cosmetic procedures will improve your appearance, and ultimately your self-esteem I say go for it.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website has an article written by Dr. Jaffer Khan explaining the history of Botox. Dr. Khan says “’BOTOX’ is short for Botulinum Toxin, which is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. It has been used since 1920, but was marketed commercially in 1997. It has a wide variety of clinical uses for people who have problems with spastic muscle disorders, or an imbalance in eye muscles, to name a few. It can also be used in hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the palms or axillary areas. It was as a result of using BOTOX for other problems on the face that its efficacy in getting rid of wrinkles was noted.” (ASPS, 2013)
Wanting to look and feel your best is normal. Wrinkles, just like acne, have negative on the way you feel when you look in the mirror. These feelings of insecurity can cause avoidance of social situations and can harm relationships. Botox achieves remarkable results by eliminating wrinkles that cause low self-esteem. These before and after photos from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons show the difference Botox can make.

More and more patients are benefiting from Botox because they do not have to undergo procedures like chemical peels, collagen fillers, or a face-lift. This is a huge advantage when you consider the recovery time face-lift is at least three weeks and the recovery time for Botox is nonexistent. In addition, the effects of Botox are not permanent whereas with a face-lift the results are not reversible unless another procedure is done. Not to mention the serious risks involved with plastic surgery such developing a blood clot in the face, also called a hematoma. Lastly, the procedure alone costs $2,000-$8,000 not including losing wages during the time taken to recover. Botox costs about $10 a cc and 20cc-40cc is the typical amount administered. This means that $200-$400...

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