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your look ● bodyshaping
By Dr. Ronald Bergman
Botox! As the popularity of Botox
increases for removing
unwanted wrinkles, it’s
important for younger people
to consult with a professional
when seeking treatment
I n a world where we are all trying to hold on to our
youthful good looks, botulinum toxin—commonly re-
ferred to by the brand name Botox—has come to the
rescue. Easy to administer and relatively inexpensive,
Botox has soared in popularity with more than 6 mil-
lion treatments in the U.S. in 2012; by far the most preva-
lent non-invasive cosmetic treatment on the market.
Hollywood stars like Jenny McCarthy and Courteney Cox
have fessed up to getting a little help from the injection,
while thousands of others regard it as their secret weapon.
But is it right for you? Fears about safety and botched
jobs have arisen along with the product’s popularity. Check
out the following information and educate yourself to see if
you are ready to take the plunge.
IS BOTOX SAFE?
Yes. Botox injections contain a minimal dosage of the
toxin; just the right amount to be effective. Botox will not
affect nerve or muscle sensations. If administered properly,
the results will be natural and smooth. Of course, we have
all seen the frozen stare of an overdone star. That is why it
is important to work with a professional in a medical set-
ting. The face contains an amazing 43 different muscles!
Your plastic surgeon will understand exactly which muscles
should be treated for your desired effect.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES BOTOX DO?
Botulinum toxin is a non-surgical injection that is used
to smooth or eliminate facial wrinkles. The cosmetic treat-
ment is derived from bacteria which block muscular nerve
signals, effectively reducing the strength of the muscle and
the lines it creates. Botox was the ﬁrst brand to be widely
marketed for cosmetic use, but now competitors include
Dysport and Xeomin. Areas most commonly treated by the
* Crow’s feet
* Frown lines
* Forehead wrinkles
* Brow furrows
* Neck bands
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
Results will last for three to four months, depending on