Most of us have heard of the term “Botox”, it is often used incorrectly to describe a line and wrinkle smoothing procedure – here at Transform Cosmetic Surgery, we conducted a survey of 1460 people, both male and female, 18 years of age and above. The aim of the survey was to find out what they knew about Botox and what their feelings towards the procedure were. 

Botox Survey

There is a lot more to Botox than the simple procedure embraced by celebrities – but why do 15% of people who have had line and wrinkle smoothing treatments want to keep quiet? Before we try to understand why, it is important to know exactly what Botox is.

Botulinum type A

Botox is a brand, not the procedure, and is one of many line and wrinkle smoothing treatments. Botox or “OnabotulinumtoxinA” comes from the toxin Botulinum type A and is used in a number of medical procedures and for line and wrinkle smoothing treatment. Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum; a bacterium which is commonly found in soil, but it can also be found in improperly preserved homemade foods, severely dented aluminium cans, and honey. Clostridium Botulinum produces 8 different types of toxins named type A-H.

As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, the use of Botulinum type A for the purpose of line and wrinkle smoothing comes with possible side effects:

  • You are as likely to have an allergic reaction to hair dye as you are to Botulinum toxin.
  • Many possible side effects are temporary and will last as long as the toxin remains in your system, around 2-3 months.
  • Injecting too high a dose or the incorrect injection of Botulinum toxin can cause Botulism, a rare very disease. 
  • The possible risks can be reduced by researching correctly and visiting a certified injector, cosmetic surgeon or health care practitioner.

Botox is injected into specific muscles and works by paralysing the muscle, forcing it to relax. For this reason, it works very well to treat lines and wrinkles of the face

Botox – the facts

What do we know about the toxin used in line and wrinkle smoothing procedures?

  • The toxin was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 1989.
  • One gram of Botulinum toxin type A is all that is required to make the global supply of Botox for a year.
  • Botulinum toxin type A has been used for medical purposes since the 1950s and in much higher quantities than in cosmetic procedures.
  • From 1989 to 2003, the FDA reported 28 deaths related the Botulinum type A, none of which were a result of cosmetic use.
  • The FDA have recently approved treatment of “crow’s feet” - the second area of the face to be approved for treatment using Botulinum toxin, alongside the lines between the eyebrows (the “11’s”)
  • Botulinum toxin type A is a temporary but very successful medicine for suffers of muscle spasms, eye twitches, excessive sweating, migraines and other afflictions.

Botox, in recent years, has enjoyed a high media profile with the help of many celebrities. We asked Ann-Marie of what she thought about line and wrinkle smoothing treatments “The media loves nothing more than to point out when celebrities get it wrong and look, freakish.”

We’ve all seen pictures of usually glamorous celebrities when they are looking less than perfect following a procedure, but it is not the actual treatment itself that attracts the media’s attention (as 46% of survey participants thought Jennifer Aniston gave Botox a good name) it’s when celebs take treatments a step too far, resulting in the frozen look that is all too often associated with the procedure.

Embarrassing and vain

Veronica of was happy to explain why she initially refrained from telling anyone about her line and wrinkle smoothing procedure:

“I certainly wasn’t planning to write about my experience – I didn’t want people to think I was vain that I felt the need to go to extreme measures to stay youthful looking.”

And Anastasia of was happy to give her opinion on line and wrinkle smoothing treatments: “I am happy with the way I look and I have accepted my imperfections...” However, she also said that she is happy to wear foundation and would dye her grey hairs in the future – as she does not believe dyeing grey hair is on par with having a procedure to reduce lines and wrinkles, even though they are both procedures carried out my men and women to reduce the signs of ageing.

Research, research, research

Research is hugely important before booking any cosmetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical. As results from our study shows, the majority of people questioned knew very little about line and wrinkle smoothing treatments and almost half of those questioned had received the treatment by the time the survey was carried out. Celebrities have made line and wrinkle treatments such as Botox high profile but what you must remember is for anyone who wants the best results, they should always go to a qualified and skilled practitioner. Make sure you ask questions and address any concerns you may have with your injector to ensure you are well-informed before receiving treatment. Ensure you see the sealed container before you are treated and clarify what brand of Botulinum toxin you are receiving.

The media

Botox is not a cry for younger-looking features or a sign of vanity; it is another method, like applying makeup and dyeing your hair, to enhance your appearance. Used correctly and administered by a skilled and qualified practitioner, it is a very effective treatment at reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles resulting in a more youthful appearance.

It is important to make the right decision for you, consult a qualified professional and ask plenty of questions take advice and recommendations from others and do your research. For more information on line and wrinkle smoothing, click here.