Wrinkles come with age. They are formed as a result of repeated facial expressions, such as smiling, expressions of rage, concentration and more. Wrinkles are formed on different areas of the face, such as at the corners of the eyes, forehead, the edges of the mouth and nose and others. These wrinkles can hurt a person’s body image and overall aesthetic appearance.
Wrinkles are formed by a substance called Acetylcholine, a substance which transmits electrical signals from the brain to the facial muscles causing them to contract. For years, and after a specific area has contracted numerous times, the muscle isn’t able to return to its original state and a wrinkle is formed.
Recently, more effective treatment methods have been developed. A substance called botulinum toxin, more commonly known as Botox, is injected into the wrinkled area with a thin syringe. The Botox relaxes the muscles and smooths over the wrinkles. This method has actually existed for over 30 years, and until recently has mainly been used to treat strabismus and other various movement disorders, generally those characterized by excessive muscular movement.
The efficiency of Botox as treatment for cosmetic procedures was discovered by accident. A dermatologist offered to treat his receptionist with the Botox device after she complained about her wrinkles. The device made the wrinkles disappear after a few hours and the rests, as they say, is history.
Botox treatment is simple and painless. It is done by a physician (since it is a prescription drug, only doctors can use it). The physician will inject a few points around the wrinkle, using an extremely thin needle. The ‘pinch’ is similar to a mosquito bite and the entire procedure takes around ten minutes. The full results take a few days, and last for a number of months, after which patients need to come back for further treatment.
Newsweek, in a cover story dedicated to Botox, reported that in 2001, more than 850,000 American had Botox, 12% of them men. The article discussed its efficiency, safety and the fact that it had been approved by the FDA. In Israel, Botox has been approved by the Ministry of Health.