What is Botox?
Botox, also called Botulinum toxin type A, is a drug made from the bacteria that causes botulism. The botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscle, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Not only is Botox used to treat superficial wrinkles but it is also used to treat muscle spasms, excess sweating and migraines, plus many other conditions .
What can Botox do for you?
Regarding the cosmetic use of Botox on the face, Botox can reduce wrinkles in motion, not wrinkles at rest. Botox won't help the static lines on the face, that overtime have been etched into the skin, for those with more permanent lines you will need fillers, but for wrinkles that erect from expression, you can definitely minimise there appearance, and even remove them for a certain period of time. The time frame depends on the amount of units injected, whether the botox has been diluted, and the bodies natural defence system to breakdown and remove Botox from the the system. Professionals say Botox should last between 3 - 6 months.
My Experience with Botox.
The photos below are very old and were taken before I became a skincare blogger, but if you look up close, you can see on my forehead (towards the top), I have two lines that aren't static yet, but overtime they will become permanent, if I don't get them seen too. I also hated when I wore makeup that my foundation would sink into those lines and make those wrinkles look even more noticeable. Now some may think I'm silly for the decisions I've made, but in these photos I was 23 years old and it made me very self conscious.
In the end it is my decision and I'm very happy with how I look now, just look at my current photos on Instagram to see how the lines have disappeared on my forehead, but remember you can go overboard and look frozen, I get very minimal, so minimal in fact that I can still move the muscles in my forehead. Now I don't do my 11's thats lines between the eyebrows because I don't need it, and I don't get Botox around my eyes either. I'm happy with the fine lines around my eye and everywhere else, but it was just those two on my forehead really bothered me. I have tried two clinics and the prices are very similar, between $15 -$16.50 Per Unit.