Years ago, Botox was a product that was thought to be used only by the rich and famous. Nowadays, however, it’s not unlikely for the girl — or guy — in the cubicle next to yours to have had a Botox treatment on the last lunch break. Yep, that’s right. A decrease in the price of Botox sessions, as well as the FDA stepping up and saying that Botox is completely safe, has made the product a household name.
Botox is most widely administered in the form of injections. A session of Botox usually takes about 30 minutes, with the side effects being extremely minimal; this is why many people receive the injections and go straight back to work 20 minutes later. And within a week or two, the person tends to look at least 10 years younger.
There are many parts of the face that can be treated with Botox, including around the eyes, forehead, chin, lips and cheeks.
A single treatment usually provides results that last anywhere from six months to a full year. If you’ve ever seen someone who looks like they’ve had too much Botox, this is probably because they had their injections completed too soon after their prior treatment; this is why it’s important to always go back to the same doctor, or at least when switching doctors to be honest about the last time in which the injections were received.
There are many other benefits of Botox. Not that long ago the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of an overactive bladder. It is also commonly used to treat people who suffer from excessive sweating. Some doctors have even been known to use Botox as a method for increasing the size of a woman’s breasts, but this application needs to be studied much more in order for it to be deemed as safe.
The cost of Botox depends on the doctor that you receive the treatments through, however, treating one part of the face will most likely cost somewhere between $200 to $500. Botox itself comes in vials, which is why you most commonly hear of Botox being purchased by the vial.