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Botox: The Facts and Risks

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

We all want a winning ‘million dollar smile’ but we don’t want it constantly and we certainly don’t want to pay a million bucks to get it. Thanks to celebrities flaunting their youthful looks more and more women are using Botox, which is quickly developing into a routine method of slowing down the aging process.

Benefits of Botox:

With so many people saying they feel younger than they look, a large number are beginning to do something to make their looks reflect how they feel. As well as using Botox injections to temporarily prevent the aging process they also provide a number of medical uses.

Botox can be used to treat a wide array of spasms. While systemic paralysis is potentially fatal, locally injected botulinum that is placed only in a particular muscle is remarkably safe and can temporarily paralyze muscles, resulting in up to eight months without spasms.

However, nowadays many people use Botox to rid themselves of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. By injecting the toxin into the muscles of the face, contractions are no longer possible, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.

With trends ever-changing such as purple being the new black it’s no surprise that Botox has become one of the new trends among women who want to fit in and keep up with the latest ‘look’.  As well as growing as an acceptable measure to slow down signs of aging for women it is also become more popular and socially acceptable for the younger generation in their mid to late 20s to flock to the doctors for their Botox fix because it is ‘fashionable’ to do so.

The Price of Beauty:

98% of women who have Botox choose to repeat the treatment as they are so happy with the results, but as effects only last 3 to 4 months people are finding it addictive and want to keep up their more youthful appearance. As such the price can be slightly exploitative - the pricing of Botox has typically been per area in the UK, as the market is now becoming more sophisticated with many repeat patients being more specific, the price of these procedures is increasing.

Because the effects of Botox are so good more than 40% of women feel compelled to make a return visit for more treatment in search of eternal youth. There are many opinions on this type of cosmetic procedure such as is there a pressure among society to look young and ‘perfect’, which is forcing women of all age groups to rush out and get Botox as well as other procedures to ‘fit in’ and being accepted.

This controversial treatment is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in Britain worth around £40 million per year. Self administrated Botox is also a fast growing obsession amongst women, who can administrate youth with ease in the comfort of their own home. It really takes ‘putting my face on’ to a whole new level.

Botox has become extremely popular in recent years as a safer alternative to face lifts. It is not a permanent solution to fine lines and sagging skin, but when it comes to looking younger every little helps.

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