Want to Botox? Many people have turned to the popular treatment for a quick fix for their face. Botox is well known as a anti-wrinkle treatment with promises of a younger, tighter-looking face. However, before you jump on the Botox bandwagon consider what you are getting into first. Botox may not actually be the right solution for you. Although many celebrities indulge, a great many more find better solutions in chemical peels or even facial exercises for their face woes. Knowing the good and bad of Botox will help you make a better decision before signing up for an injection.

Although a big hit, Botox is actually a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The injection has been diluted and purified before it gets stuck in your face but once it gets in there it goes to work to stop muscle contractions. The result is less wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet, but ouch! Know that there are other procedures that are also effective at mitigating lines and wrinkles other than sticking toxins in your face. Alternatives to Botox exist, such as other toxin-free anti wrinkle injections used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.

That said, here are the known and revered benefits to the popular Botox product:

  • Instant gratification. The results are quick. Presto-changeo!
  • Easy treatment. Just go to the doctor's and they will do it onsite.
  • Affordable when considering other surgeries and products.
  • Less than a day recovery time, people could do it on their lunch break.

Here are the potential downsides of Botox.

  • Botox injections weaken the facial muscles overtime and can cause many unpleasant reactions in some people, such as allergies.
  • The results, although immediate are short lived. The procedure will last from 4 to 6 months depending on the person. Regular upkeep will be needed to maintain the results.
  • If done by an incompetent doctor or nurse the effects such as a drooling mouth can be semi-permanent side effects, for up to those 4-6 months.

Many people find that Botox is too extreme, while others don't mind the risks and enjoy the results. As an alternative treatment, women can to turn to glycolic acid peels, a strong series of a 30% to 40% concentration should show results in about three treatments for a more fresh and youthful complexion. Restylane is another great treatment that people often prefer to perk up their jowl lines. Throughout history of womankind, taking risks or enduring pain for beauty has been considered normal. With hope, the future will have a risk free and painless anti-wrinkle treatment- because it is certainly not Botox.