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May 23, 2014

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Regardless of how nonchalant we may sometimes try to act on the subject of physical beauty, it’s almost certainly true that everybody wants to look good, and feel good about themselves while doing it. And, really, is there anything wrong with that? Wanting to look your best isn’t just about how others will perceive you – it’s about how you perceive yourself.
 


This desire to look our best means that most people have a standard routine they go through every day, week or month to look more attractive: men shave, women put on make-up, we go to the gym, try to eat healthier, etc. There are, of course, other things one can do in order to improve their appearance, such as cosmetic surgery, but some people may shy away from this option, thinking it’s too extreme or expensive. In truth, however, there is a middle ground between regular beauty treatments and more extreme cosmetic surgery: Botox, a simple, minimally invasive treatment that allows you to look your best and most youthful without requiring excessive downtime or risk.
 
At first glance, Botox seems like a bit more of a commitment than a simple face-washing or exercise routine; the injections wear off after 4 – 6 months, so a commitment to go back and visit your clinic at regular intervals is necessary if you want to keep up the routine. Nonetheless, Botox is as useful as any of the other solutions to the problem of aging you may have heard about – in fact, it’s usually even more so. The injections take a little bit of commitment, but if done properly, they are easily manageable and will become a regular part of your beauty regimen in no time.
 

The science behind Botox is a little complex, but relatively easy to explain. Botox is basically a bacterium which, when injected sub-dermally, assists with the rejuvenation process and eliminates wrinkles. The protein is usually administered via a series of injections. Botox injections can either be very targeted – to specific, small areas – or more general, and used to deal with large-scale wrinkling.
 
Medically speaking, according to the Mayo Clinic (1), Botox has also been used to treat other physical disorders including chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, joint pain, cervical dystonia and bladder control issues. The drug is derived from the Botulinum toxin, which was first approved for medical use by the FDA and became recognized as a cosmetic treatment years later (2). Despite the fact that Botox is now a household name when it comes to skin rejuvenation, the drug has a myriad of uses beyond the treatment of aging!
 
Its usefulness in these regards comes from the way the drug functions. Botox works by paralyzing the facial muscles into which it’s injected, blocking nerve signals and stopping the face from contracting in ways that will ultimately cause wrinkling. In essence, these treatments kill two birds with one stone by allowing you the freedom to go through your day-to-day life without worrying about the way your facial movements may be creating wrinkles, while also working to eliminate any lines that may already have appeared on your face. This also explains its medical use for other conditions; things like migraines and joint pain which can often be caused by tensed muscles can be treated with Botox to help them relax.
 

The most important thing when selecting a Botox provider is to ensure that the clinic you’re using has a good reputation and excellent track record when it comes to providing these kinds of treatments. In Canada, Ontario’s Skin Vitality Medical Clinic is one of the top Botox providers, treating hundreds of patients each day in its clinics across Toronto. Visit http://www.skinvitality.ca for more information on Skin Vitality’s services, or do a search for similar clinics in your area, and you’ll be on your way to younger-looking skin in no time at all.