Locally and nationally, the demographic of people who choose to get Botox injections has changed since it was first approved for cosmetic use in 2002. It was very elite, and it was also very taboo,” says Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel. “People didn’t talk about it. Now, the demographic is so different…so much younger.”
Why are so many people getting it done?
It’s because the men and women opting for Botox are educated, and they know it’s a very preventative thing. We’ve gone from the days of correction in older people to prevention.
What can it do?
Botox is FDA-approved to treat wrinkles between the brows and crow’s feet. Although there are legal “off-label” areas of the face Botox can be injected, it’s primarily used for the upper third of the face. Once Botox is injected into muscles, they can’t flex to create a crease, just like a muscle in a cast can’t flex.
Your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon has found that the overall demographic has broadened. He treats a percentage of people in their late 20s who are starting Botox to prevent wrinkles.
The injections, done with a thin needle, take about five minutes and typically aren’t painful. The injection sites might have a little redness after the procedure, but it disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, a blood vessel under the skin can be injured and it’ll bruise, but usually, people can go back to their daily activities right after the treatment.
It takes about two weeks to see the whole effect of the Botox, and it lasts three to four months. It’s not going to change the facial structure, it’s just going to make your facial expression a little bit different, a little bit more youthful. Your cosmetic surgeon feels that it’s becoming more and more popular because it’s an easy procedure, so that’s why people venture into it.
Compared to 10 years ago, people are more accepting of Botox, even if they choose not to do it themselves. If somebody makes a choice that makes them feel better, we’re in a place locally and culturally where people are fine with it.
People have started to look at it as a product, not a service. Sometimes people think they’re just buying the material and don’t think about the application of it, but at the end of the day, it is a medical treatment that needs to be performed by your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel, where you’re paying for the professional skill, training and the facility.
If it makes you feel good, you’re going to be better in all aspects of life; that’s the bottom line.