The holidays are typically a time of the year that fill up our social calendar with work parties and school programs and festivities with our families. We interact socially with more people during the holidays than any other time of the year. It can be exhausting and for some downright stressful.
Botulinum toxin A (BOTOX® Cosmetic), used for cosmetic purposes, is a safe, effective, and relatively painless way to improve your mood, self-esteem and image in the mirror. By feeling better about yourself, all social interactions are easier and more rewarding. With the holidays being the most social time of the year, whether we like it or not, Holiday BOTOX® is absolutely a must for cosmetic and coping reasons for the following three reasons.
- Wrinkles in the face are caused by repeated muscle contraction. Botulinum toxin A (BOTOX® Cosmetic) is injected into a muscle which causes temporary paralysis of the muscle fibers in a very small radius of the injection. For a period of about three months, the muscle does not contract as tightly, and the skin above is able to smooth out during that time. The muscle regains its full strength at the end of three months. Often despite this, the wrinkles do not come back as deep for a period of time. The most commonly treated areas of the face are crow’s feet and frown lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is most effective for dynamic lines of the face which are lines that form with expression. BOTOX® Cosmetic often gets a bad reputation for causing people to look “frozen.” This is a look chosen by the patient. The majority of patients who get BOTOX® Cosmetic injected in the areas of their upper faces are able to express themselves normally, and they appear younger and well-rested with their wrinkles erased. Who doesn’t want this look, and especially around the holidays when we are around friends and family!
- It is well documented in the literature, that a single injection of botulinum toxin A (Botox® Cosmetic) injected into the frown lines seems to be an effective treatment for some depression. One of the best studies was done at Hanover Medical School in Germany where they found that treating the facial muscles involved in emotion with botulinum toxin A eases the symptoms of depression. There seems to be a link between the emotions expressed by the face and the brain. By weakening upper facial muscles with botulinum toxin A in very small doses, this feedback cycle is interrupted. When the frown lines are not able to physically form, our brains interpret more positive feelings. There is an increased incidence of people suffering from varying degrees of depression around the holidays due the financial and social stress often induced by the season. What better time of the year to get BOTOX® Cosmetic!
- Botulinum toxin A was first used for wrinkle reduction in 1986. In 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved for frown line wrinkle reduction by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). There are now over 2,000 articles in medical journals documenting studies involving botulinum toxin A. It is one of the most widely researched medications in the world. It is derived from a naturally-occurring protein and side effects are minimal to none when used for cosmetic purposes. The estimated lethal dose in a 200-pound man is 3,000 units. To put this in perspective, the most BOTOX® Cosmetic used in a treatment session of the whole face is 100 units. BOTOX® Cosmetic is extremely safe and well-studied. As small needles are used to inject the medication, there is a risk of bruising at the injection site. Most patients tolerate BOTOX® Cosmetic injections very well with no downtime. BOTOX® Cosmetic takes 2-3 days to be noticeable with the full effect noticed 2 weeks after the injection. The results last around three months. The procedure can be relatively painless when performed by an experienced physician. At Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL, Dr. Norris injects BOTOX® Cosmetic many times a day and states, “My patients often comment that my BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are the most painless they have ever had. I use very small 30-gauge needles, ice packs and a vibratory anesthesia device when I inject Cosmetic BOTOX®. I am usually talking to the patient the whole time and when I tell them we’re all done, they didn’t even know I started.”
Botulinum toxin A (BOTOX® Cosmetic) is a safe, effective and relatively painless way to make the holiday season more jolly and bright. Call Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa for a BOTOX® Consultation or buy someone special our signature black gift card. Call us at 815-780-8264 today.