When it was first introduced some years ago, Botox wasn’t something that people would readily admit to having had. However, over time it has become a cosmetic procedure that is much more socially accepted. The same is true for dermal fillers and a variety of other procedures that may start off with a certain level of stigma attached.
When someone admitted to having opted for Botox, they were often seen as perhaps vain and putting themselves in unnecessary danger for the pursuit of a more youthful appearance. This led to Botox becoming a procedure so often shrouded in an air of secrecy; when really there was nothing to be ashamed of.
The reason that Botox has perhaps improved the view that people have it is simple; it is a reliable and safe method to eradicate those annoying lines and wrinkles that are a give away sign of the aging of our skin. There has also been a whole host of improvements made to the quality of the treatment and speed of treatment time making it a quick and often easy way to give your skin and confidence a boost.
In fact, Botox or Botulinum Toxin as it is scientifically known is now a big business, with the industry reported to be worth £18 million a year in the UK alone. It is used up and down the country in order to treat a wide range of issues; not just wrinkles and fine lines. Botox can be a useful option to consider if you suffer from muscle spasms or excessive sweating and is even believed to be able to combat migraines too.
One reason that Botox has seen a rise in popularity as well as to be seen as something to judge is possibly attributed to the media around the world. They portray a flawless vision of beauty, one free of lines and blemishes that “normal” people will have a plenty. This simple thing is thought to have led to an increase in cosmetic procedures across both the surgical and non-surgical world; people strive to reach these ideals, without realising that they are not always achieved with good skin care alone.
On the flip side of this, the media also will negatively view celebrities who have admitted to surgery in some way, lambasting them for not being a “natural beauty” when as such it is the media that has created this need for “un-natural beauty” in the first place.
But why has Botox become something that is more socially accepted and not seen with such negativity? This could be down to a number of reasons but it is thought that these are the main ones:
Popularity; because more and more people are choosing to opt for Botox there has been a more relaxed and casual view taken on the procedure, perhaps even ranking it amongst more commonly accepted beauty treatments such as facials and spray tans. The more that Botox continues to grow then the more people will be happy to admit that they have tried it.
Improvements; over time the quality of Botox itself has improved. In fact gone are the days of supposed bad reactions and rock stone features. Botox can now offer natural results that are of the highest quality resulting in more people having confidence in the procedure and the results that they can expect to see.
Expansion in the market; with more and more non-surgical treatments being offered in clinics and salons around the world it is now seen more “normal” for injectable or chemical treatments to be on the list of procedures to opt for.
Whatever the reason for the changes in opinion on Botox, one thing is for sure; Botox is here to stay and can only have room to grow and grow.