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Botox: Treatment for Facial Lines that Come with Aging

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) is seeing a much bigger number of internists frequenting its support and training programs for doctors intending to add aesthetic procedures in their practice. The reason for the increase is, obviously economic, the low insurance reimbursements and long working hours that, gradually, yet steadily, are decreasing medical internists’ quality of life, as well as the more than 10 million clients and patients who underwent surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2012 alone – making the extra procedures promising sources of additional income.

For a less obvious reason, however, and way beyond financial issues, is the fulfillment many internists and doctors have experienced in the practice – the endless “thanks” and positive responses from aesthetic procedure patients, which were very minimal during the much longer time when they treated diabetics and other severely ill patients.

Aesthetic procedures are good news for doctors, indeed, but a much better news for clients and patients for they can rest assured that all procedures are performed by medical experts (or their assistants). The list of aesthetic treatments sought and requested by clients and patients is topped by Botulinum Toxin A Injections, which is much better known as Botox.

Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium and the source of Botox, is a poisonous substance that causes botulism, which is a deadly type of illness. Despite being toxic, however, physicians found a way to make botulinum medically useful. Furthermore, physicians discovered that this bacterium was capable of decreasing muscle activity or muscle contraction by blocking the transmission of neuromuscular cells. And with lesser muscle activity, that means less wrinkles or frown lines.

On April 12, 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of injectable botulinum toxin type A to treat wrinkles (on the forehead), squint lines or crow’s feet (from the corner of the eyes), platysmal muscle bands (which develop at the neck), and visible lines on the eyebrows. To treat the lines that have developed on the targeted part/s of the neck and/or face, the solution is injected directly into the parts’ muscles.

Youthful skin that is untainted by lines that form because of age is one of the great benefits of having a Botox treatment which, is totally safe as has been proven through decades of medical use. A very small amount, which can last from four to eight months, is all that is needed to produce the beautiful result that clients always want.