Botox’s Growing Demographics
Botox has been a mainstay for years when it comes to treating facial wrinkles, but that’s not how the wildly popular treatment started off. In the beginning, it was used to control facial spasms, but later gained popularity for cosmetic use. Today, it is mostly used for this purpose, with FDA approval expanding for the use of Botox to various areas of the face. Previously, Botox was mostly used on women of middle age or older, but as the stigma around cosmetic treatments began to fade, Botox began to reach a wider audience than ever before. So what do these growing demographics look like? And is Botox a good choice for you?
FDA Approval and Uses
Originally, Botox Cosmetic was only approved to treat the frown lines on the forehead. Additional areas have been officially approved since then, most recently the “crows’ feet” around the eyes. Botulinum toxin injections such as Botox are used to ease “dynamic wrinkles,” which are wrinkles that occur naturally over time by the simple act of using the facial muscles over and over again in facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. The injections work by temporarily limiting the movement of these muscles to smooth out wrinkles in the face. The results last about three months, and must be repeated for ongoing results. Botox is so popular because it is accessible, inexpensive, requires no downtime, and offers great results. In addition, most people are eligible to undergo treatments—one of the probable reasons the demographics for the procedure have expanded.
One of the main groups in which Botox is gaining popularity is among middle-aged men. Often jokingly called “Brotox,” Botox for men is on the rise as men experience some of the same pressures and desires to look more youthful and vibrant. Botox is a good introductory treatment for just about anyone interested in facial rejuvenation, so it’s not surprising many men are starting with a simple fix and going from there. While some men experience pressure from others to look younger (such as from their spouses), others simply want to look as young as they feel.
Botox for Young People
It may be surprising to learn that more young people are turning to Botox, but some people in their twenties and early thirties are using the product to try and head off aging before it begins. While the idea of preventing wrinkles before they happen is appealing, it’s not clear as to how effective this practice is. There’s nothing that has been shown to be harmful about doing so, however, as long as the patient is a healthy adult with realistic expectations.
Is It Right for You?
Botox may be the most popular treatment in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it is right for everyone. Depending on the nature of your aging and your goals, you may want to consider other options for minimally invasive treatments, such as dermal fillers or skin resurfacing. If you’re not sure what the best treatment for you might be, it is probably time to consult with an expert facial plastic surgeon about your options. He or she can make an assessment of your skin and your goals, and suggest a treatment or combination of treatments to suit your skin type and aging patterns.
Choosing a Specialist
While Botox is widely available from a variety of sources (even some dentists offer it), skilled application is essential to the treatment’s success. While from the patient’s point of view, the process is very simple, a lot of expertise and experience is necessary for good results and to avoid complications. With this in mind, it is a good idea to seek Botox from an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Rami K. Batniji.
Dr. Batniji is one of only a few plastic surgeons in his area dedicated solely to the art of facial surgery and treatments. If you are looking for optimum results in Botox treatments, come meet with Dr. Batniji to discuss the appropriateness of the treatment for you. Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery is located conveniently in Newport Beach (949-650-8882), and Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), CA. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.