When you think of Botox, you think of the doctor’s office. All sterile gowns and harsh fluorescent lights, a doctor myopically poking a woman’s face, in a quest for ageless beauty- and you couldn’t be simultaneously closer to the truth- and yet, further from the truth.
Botox wasn’t even a beauty treatment, to begin with. It was a revolutionary approach to treatment for the people who were suffering from blepharospasm, or uncontrollable spasms of the eyelid, as well as for strabismus. The cosmetic effects resulting from the paralyzing toxin’s action on nerve endings. The effectively crippled muscles have no range of movement, and this leads to the filling of the wrinkles as we know it. The toxins and the derivatives are extremely safe, as they pass stringent standards and are administered in minuscule amounts. But what makes it even more effective is the microelectric current therapy that’s being used to stimulate the paralyzed muscles, and make them ‘fuller’. An extremely small voltage is used, barely a tingle, but the effect follows up after Botox to make it even more visually appealing.
The use of microcurrents to reinforce the effects of Botox is nothing new. People have been using add ons like electricity, micro massagers, essential oil rubs, etc. for years as post Botox treatments. Another popular option are bipolar radiofrequency machines for the face. Similarly, Infrared bipolar frequency machines are also flying off the shelves. Both these are useful for facial ‘sculpting’, helping promote growth of collagen in the facial tissues. Mesotripsy and Lipotripsy are ‘cellulite melters’ that are in use, too.
The fact is that Botox actually doesn’t need a lot of maintenance- or any, for that matter (assuming that the patient has seen a doctor that has had thorough botox injection training). After the Botox injections have been given, the patient is pretty much ready. Some people even schedule their treatments right before parties or big events- it never shows. And it’s not like before either. Botox treatments these days can fit anyone’s budget, from a hotelier to a housewife. It’s not pricey and won’t put a dent in a wallet. And the lack of side effects makes it even more approachable. Occasionally some people have neck pain after the treatment, but it diminishes in a day or two. The same goes for minor irritation at the site of injection, or a little tenderness, which is normal and again, goes away by itself. Allergic reactions are ruled out before the treatment itself, so there’s no danger of that.
And it’s not just Botox being used. There’s a large variety of different derivatives with the same range of effects. Your doctor will decide which the best one is, for you. The follow up is after six months, because that’s how long it takes for the effects of Botox to diminish. And what are these effects, you ask? Fuller, plumper, younger skin, erasing the march of age across your face and along your eyes. It’s simply a matter of wanting to look better- and who doesn’t want that?