Although on the one hand it has sadly become a rather degrading trait for dignity and the human body, on the other plastic surgery is now a mandatory step, especially for those who can afford the costs to reach the beauty standard established by today’s society, once a certain age is over.
The most practical method is the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, sometimes referred to as “Botox” by patients. It’s a popular injectable that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes. Several other areas have been treated such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, lip lines and gummy smiles.
Botulinum toxin is a purified substance that’s derived from bacteria. Injections of botulinum toxin block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal, the muscle is not able to contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles or appearance, at least for 3-4 months, that is the typical length of Botox injections with an average price of about $300-$425.
Throughout the years, Botox has claimed the position of the #1 aesthetic procedure in the world. Within the licit economy, patients range from as young as 18 years old to as old as 80 years old. This large age range for those desiring the treatment explains why the Botox industry continues to increase its sales. All this without taking into account the damage caused by cheap or counterfeit Botox alternatives, which in some cases means real death.
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