Why Botox Remains the Leading Medically-Administered Cosmetic Treatment

The botulinum toxin has been around for centuries. From the very beginnings of medicine, doctors have theorized that the chemicals in the bacteria could be very useful in treating a variety of ailments.

It wasn’t until the 1970s that the dream was realized. An ophthalmologist named Alan Scott experimented on monkeys and found that tiny injections of the chemicals in botulism cured the animals of strabismus, or crossed eyes. He began working with human patients and found that it worked for them as well.

Soon, Dr. Scott’s patients were coming back for treatments even though their eyes were no longer crossed. They all reported a reduced appearance of wrinkles around the injection site. Today, the bacteria is the main ingredient in BotoxⓇ, which has been used for a variety of purposes all around the world.

At Family Medical Clinic, we’ve helped men and women throughout the Soldotna, Alaska community regain their youth and reduce their wrinkles with this effective and popular injectable treatment.

How Botox works

The chemicals in Botox work in a unique but simple way. They overwhelm the neurons responsible for contracting muscles; the neurons then have to work harder to understand messages from the brain. This means that a person who has had a Botox treatment is still able to move the treated muscles, but they have to think about it to do so. All those little, involuntary movements are minimized, or even stopped completely.

The effects of Botox are temporary. When the body clears the chemical, the nerve goes right back to working as it did. Botox doesn’t cause any neurological degeneration or damage.

Botox diminishes wrinkles and prevents new ones

Many of the wrinkles we have around our face are caused by tiny, involuntary muscle contractions that go on throughout the day. We react to stress and pull our brows together; we smile and the muscles around our eyes crinkle the skin; we think and purse our lips, wrinkling the skin around our mouth.

Repeated actions like these lead to permanent creases as our skin adapts to these habitual expressions. Botox paralyzes the muscles responsible for the lines and wrinkles in several areas of the face and neck.

Botox can be used in a variety of areas

Many men and women visit Family Medical Clinic to address those forehead lines that give away your age. Botox can smooth your forehead as well as reduce the appearance of that vertical line that sometimes occurs between your eyebrows — you know, the one that can make you look angry even when you’re not.

Botox is also a popular treatment for crow’s feet and the nasolabial folds that run from the sides of your nose down to the corners of your mouth. Plus, Botox can help to reduce wrinkles around the chin and neck, giving your entire countenance a more youthful appearance.

Why Botox remains so popular

A large part of Botox’s popularity is its history of safety. The drug has been used on humans for wrinkle reduction for almost 50 years. And unlike other treatments, Botox isn’t permanent. If you don’t like how the chemical feels or what it does to your face, it’s not a problem. When it wears off you can either change the injection site or stop with no long-term problems.

Botox is also often less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, such as laser or light pulse treatments.

If you’d like to find out how Botox can give you smoother skin and a younger-looking appearance, call Family Medical Clinic today for a consultation.

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