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Botox Treatment: New Year, New You?

The Botox Attraction

It’s that time of year when people go for a ‘beauty fix’ and plastic surgeons and beauty experts have their schedules full to the brim. There may be four times as many as procedures going on, starting from late October through the end of the year in many places. People are simply anticipating the holiday rush.

Students take time off for nose jobs, while the 40- and 50-something men and women are going ahead with facelifts, liposuction and tummy tucks; getting their beauty jobs done while out of office, on vacation, and way ahead of the summer wedding season.It’s also a time to enjoy their recovery period at home.

It also comes down to defying the aging process. That said, Botox treatments in many places are also at their peak during this time. It comes as no surprise, but still a staggering figure. The US Botox market is leading Canada as the top non-surgical procedure.

Botox treatments are getting better, safer and in more experienced hands than ever. BOTOX injections are a quick and cost-effective way to improve your facial looks and boost your confidence. The results are truly gratifying, softening the appearance of common lines and wrinkles, such as, crow’s feet (around the eyes), glabellar lines and forehead lines (both vertical and horizontal lines and creases), and smile lines (on each side of your mouth).

Following Botox injections, you will note increased improvements in your face over the following days as the treatment reaches its full effect. The procedure requires only local anesthesia. Effectively blocking signals relayed between certain nerves and muscles, Botox will cause a temporary paralysis in specific facial muscles. You’ll still be able to make normal facial expressions. One treatment will generally lasts 4-6 months before it needs replenishment. Over time, you may be needing injections less often as your muscles will seem more accustomed to relaxation.

Transforming Into A New You in Tacoma

Surprise your family and friends with a new ‘you’. What’s not to like about Botox? It’s safe, non-invasive, affordable. Come see us for a consult during this happy season.

The History of Botox

Botox Timeline: From Spoiled Sausages to Sagging Eyelids

Botox didn’t just appear on the cosmetic scene and caused a sensation. It has a long and lively history.

German scientist, Dr. Justinus Kerner, in the 1820s, was trying to discover the biological basis for food poisoning after several deaths from spoiled sausages. His case studies led to a better understanding of the neurological symptoms of food-borne botulism, as drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. His suggestions for treatment and prevention of food poisoning paved the way for today’s therapeutic use of the toxin.

In the 1890s, Dr. Emile Pierre van Ermengem of Belgium, who was a student of Robert Koch (discoverer of the tuberculosis bacterium), investigated an outbreak of botulism and made a connection between botulism and a spore-forming bacterium later renamed Clostridium botulinum. Several strains of botulinum were identified.

When WWII broke out, the U.S. began researching biological weapons, including botulinum toxin (the nerve toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum), considered to be deadliest substance in the world.

In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers began focusing on the more beneficial aspects of this powerful toxin. Developments include purifying botulinum toxin type A into crystalline form, injecting small amounts into a hyperactive muscle blocked the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings, causing temporary relaxation, and experimenting with monkeys using the toxin’s muscle-relaxing effects to help in the treatment of crossed eyes (or strabismus). Since then, botulinum toxin type A became the toxin of choice in research labs around the world.

The ’70s and ’80s saw the birth of Botox. In 1978, ophthalmologist Dr. Alan B. Scott received FDA approval to use the toxin and published a 1981 paper asserting that botulinum is a safe and useful therapy for strabismus. More research showed the drug’s benefits went beyond ophthalmology, providing patients with temporary relief from facial spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, even vocal cord spasms.

In 1988, drugmaker Allergan acquired the rights to distribute Scott’s batch of botulinum toxin type A (or Oculinum). By 1989, the FDA approved the toxin for the treatment of both strabismus and blepharospasm (spasms of the eyelid muscle). Shortly, Allergan acquired Scott’s company and changed the drug’s name to the now famous and catchy “Botox.”


Botanicals and Skin Care

A lot of skin care products advertise that they contain botanicals. These are plant-based products valued for their beneficial attributes. Since vegetables are some of your skin’s best friends as a food source, it’s only natural that a botanical product might boast some similar properties.

Natural Skin Products

When you look at a botanical skin care product, look for substances that contain beta-carotene. This nutrient is found in vegetables like carrots and leafy greens. Botanicals with beta-carotene have demonstrated a potent ability to improve the quality of your skin. Further, try to favor products that have some color to them; botanicals should naturally be colorful, and the absence of color can only be achieved with the use of chemicals.

For more help choosing a good skin care product, consult our Tacoma Botox clinic.

When is a Good Time for Your First Botox Treatment?

Botox Beginner

Though some people think of Botox as something that you start using in your more advanced years, there is some merit to using it as a preventative treatment. Indeed, it is estimated that a full thirty percent of Botox users are in their 20’s. With a proper application of mild Botox at such an age, one might mitigate the damage later on and require lesser treatments in her forties and beyond.

While your early twenties is likely premature for your first visit to a Botox clinic, you may be able to benefit from treatment by the time you reach twenty-seven. A single yearly treatment at a few important muscle groups will probably be all you need to prevent the formation of serious lines as the decades advance.

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When it comes time for your first treatment, consider Botixue. Our Tacoma Botox clinic can do wonders to keep your skin healthy and youthful for years to come.

The Link Between Psoriasis and Depression

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that typically affects your skin and joints. It is characteristic of red patches and silver-white scales raising up around your skin. It has been associated with a number of other conditions for a long time, including diabetes and heart disease. Recently, a study has added depression to this list.

The Connection

Observing that many psoriasis patients suffer from depression, dermatologist Roger Ho studied a group of over twelve thousand participants. It was observed that the odds of suffering major depression were doubled among psoriasis patients. Dr. Ho theorizes that the connection between the two conditions may have to do with the poor self-image brought on by psoriasis. Since it is a highly visible condition, and one which people are likely to react to disfavorably, it can cause people to feel isolated and cut off from those around them.

The takeaway from this study is the importance of maintaining a healthy appearance in your skin. If you require help doing so, talk to our Botox clinic in Tacoma.