Back in the day, it was considered unwise to reveal that a person’s flawless and spotless facial features were a direct result of a facelift or a nose lift. Going “under the knife” was looked down upon and women were generally discouraged from cosmetic procedures. There was much emphasis put on a more “natural” look which the society deemed was far more beautiful and becoming on a woman.
That is all well and good until you realize what “natural” really entails. What is shown on the glossy covers of magazines and in heavily edited celebrity Instagram accounts is far from “natural.” As a person ages, it is only natural that one should develop lines, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing.
And you can stop the onslaught of lines and wrinkles no more than you can stop yourself from ageing.
How the Face Ages
According to WebMD, the face begins losing its “baby fat” as you move from your teenage to your 20s. Your face begins to look less round and more “womanly.”
This is the first phase of facial ageing, where exposure to the sun is the biggest culprit of crow’s feet. The face begins to appear more mature and develops a more “tired” look as you move on to your 30s. The dreaded nasolabial lines and the 11 lines begin to appear at this stage, although the seeds for their growth are sown early own, in the pre-20s.
Why the Face Ages
Apart from the general loss of collagen which makes the face less elastic and makes it prone to sagging, there are various reasons that lead to the development of lines and wrinkles (which are indicators of ageing at best). These include smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to the sun, and tanning.
How Botox Can Help
Botox is simply the name of a treatment—the agent that brings about the miraculous change and transformation is a toxin called botulinum.
When administered by a professional and in just the right amount, the botulinum can bring about startling changes in the skin. When injected into the facial muscles, the toxin blocks impulses between tissues and muscles. It also blocks muscle activity due to which frowns, grins, and lines are formed. The face, as a result, begins looking smoother and younger. It all revolves around the relaxation of the muscles which are responsible for facial movements.
With Botox, not only cosmetic but other ends may also be achieved. Neuromuscular muscular issues such as eye lids that droop due to swelling in the prostate gland are also treated. Botox works by targeting and affecting the nervous system. Within two days of the injection, the muscles that have been targeted begin to relax, reducing wrinkles and lines.
Countless celebrities and individuals have opted for the treatment in a bid to look more youthful, and have succeeded. When handled with care and done professionally, the treatment is bound to be a success and produce the desired effects.