When I was young, I remember my grandmother telling me that inside she felt like a girl in her 20’s until she stepped near a mirror and saw an old woman looking back at her. That statement made no sense to me until I reached my 50’s and began feeling exactly the same.
One of the most defining features of the baby boomer generation is our love of youth and our desire to reinvent ourselves. As we grew up, anything having to do with aging was pushed into the background. But if there is one thing we haven’t been able to conquer as a generation it’s time, the clock still continues to tick.
Thanks to the baby boomers desire to look young and beautiful, beauty, anti-aging and health-related products and services are flooding the market. Market research firm Global Industry Analysts projects that in the U.S. alone, a boomer-fueled consumer base striving to to keep signs of aging at bay will push the market for anti-aging products to more than $114 billion this year.
Botox treatments are the most commonly performed, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure because they make you look younger. The fact that there is no incision, scarring, stitches or cuts involved makes Botox much better than other invasive cosmetic treatments.
A Botox injection session usually takes just 10-15 minutes for most people and requires little or no anesthesia. For me, the attendant cooled my eyes and forehead with an ice pack. Once I let the Dr. know the area was chilled she would make the injections. The needle doesn’t go deep. I could feel it but the pain was minimal to non-existent.
Injections of Botox are suited for people who want to see the benefits of plastic surgery without the complications and hassle. Botox is most popular for minimizing or removing wrinkles around your eyes, mouth and forehead.
The effects of Botox are usually noticed in three to five days and last up to six months. So if you don’t like it, you can welcome those wrinkles back. If you like it, repeat the injection process and reclaim your youth once again.
Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of a purified protein. Botulinum toxin A is the most commonly used form with a few thousand articles supporting its use in scientific and medical literature.
The mechanism of action for botulinum toxin A is really quite simple. It is injected into the facial muscles and, within a few hours, it attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting the nerve transmission to these muscles. There is no loss of sensory feeling at all during the time that botulinum toxin A is effective. Once these motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscles cannot contract. When the muscle does not contract, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin will then cease. The only reason there are wrinkles in the skin in the first place is because the muscle is moving underneath it, thereby these are called dynamic wrinkles. Approximately three to five days after treatment, the skin above these motor muscles becomes nice and smooth. The length of time Botox lasts is dependent on various factors including the amount of botulinum toxin A injected, metabolic activity of the patient and lifestyle choices, which may cause the Botox treatment not to last as long.
The clinic I went to for Botox injections, and can recommend, is NonNey’s Clinic in Bangkok. Dr. NonNey received her medical license at Thammasat University. She then went on to receive her Certificate of Acupuncture and Certificate of Botox training as well as a certificate in Homeopathy. Her main clinic is in Petchabun and her Bangkok clinic is only opened on Fridays. Botox is just one of many treatments she can perform to make you look younger.
Botox is not the legendary fountain of youth, but it is an inexpensive way (in comparison to cosmetic surgery) to rid your face of those wrinkles you have become accustomed to seeing when staring in a mirror.