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Brotox – Is It for You?
Guys, it’s time for some honest talk. Have you been avoiding your reflection in the mirror? Are you afraid crows feet will be glaring back at you? Are you measuring the bags under your eyes, terrified to see them growing millimeter by millimeter?
We really hope not.
But even without becoming paranoid, the truth is that the aging process is not always beautiful. More and more men are finding ways to maintain their youthful faces. What’s become one of the most popular methods? Botox.
Since 2000, the number of men undergoing Botox treatments has increased by 310%. In fact, it's so popular that it's got its own nickname: Brotox.
Is it right for you? We’ll let you decide. First, take some time to learn about what Botox is, how it works for anti-aging, and how you can find out more.
What is Botox?
Botox injections are made from the botulinum toxin, the same toxin that causes botulism (a serious form of food poisoning) and one of the most powerful toxins known to man. It is injected into the face in extremely small amounts mixed with a saline solution to temporarily eliminate and prevent wrinkles.
Before you get too terrified about the idea of having a toxin injected into your face, consider these Botox facts:
- The botulinum toxin is a natural substance that is found all over the world.
- It is also used to treat chronic migraine, excessive sweating, eyelid spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, and overactive bladder.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Botox prevents your muscles from receiving signals from the brain to contract. The neurotransmitter that tells muscle to contract, acetylcholine, cannot be released when reached by the toxin in Botox. This causes the muscles to relax and gets rid of unsightly facial wrinkles.
Botox is injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue of your face. It normally takes 1-3 days for the effects of the treatment to become visible.
Possible Side Effects
Like any medical treatment, you may run into some unpleasant side effects after a Botox treatment. These can include:
- eyelid droop
- vision problems
- swelling/bruising at the injection sight
- dry eye
- crooked smile
Is Botox Right for You?
This is a big question. A lot of guys are on the fence when it comes to anti-aging treatments. You want the results, but is it really worth it?
If you’re worried about appearing vain because of a Botox treatment, don’t let fear of other people’s opinions guide you. A younger appearance can give you a competitive edge in both your business and personal life. Then again, there is something to be said for aging naturally and being proud of and comfortable in your body without any aesthetic treatments.
Ultimately, the decision is yours. Just don’t be rash. Talk to your doctor. Research the treatment. And make the choice that’s right for you.
About Ben Davis
A serial entrepreneur, Ben Davis is founder of The Gents Place and a leading investor in gentlemen's refinement and confidence.
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