People seeking non-surgical alternatives to help fight the aging process need look no further than Botox. Botox treatments are the popular brand comprised of the purified protein botulinum toxin type A.

Botulinum toxin is a natural substance that acts as a neuromuscular inhibitor, blocking nerve impulses in order to prevent the over-articulation of facial expressions that eventually leads to wrinkles. It’s typically used for facial injections, but there are other uses as well. The most common products utilizing this protein derivative are Botox treatments and Dysport.

The use of Botox treatments have skyrocketed 748% since the year 2000. In the last two years, this protein has seen a steady increase. There were 6.6 million injections in 2014, which is an increase of 6% from the previous year.

To find out more about this popular injectable, contact board-certified surgeon Dr. JoAnne Lopes at her Virginia Beach office to set up a consultation.