Can you guess what one of the most talked about topics in beauty today is?
Here are some hints:

  • Celeb gossip sites are always overflowing with “before and after” images and “did she or didn’t she?” posts.
  • Women are starting treatments earlier – often in their 20s and early 30s.
  • Even men are getting it – now more than ever before.

If you said Botox, you’re spot on!

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As one of Portland’s leading providers of premier Medispa services, we get asked our fair share of questions about Botox. And that’s what this post is all about – Botox!

Evolving from Spoiled Sausages to a Warrior Against Wrinkles

In the 1820s, Dr. Justinus Kerner investigated spoiled blood sausages that had claimed the lives of several dozen Germans. His work eventually brought awareness to food-borne botulism as well as options for treatment and prevention.

Stephen, before Botox

Stephen, after Botox

But it wasn’t until after WWII that doctors discovered the more beneficial aspects of what’s known as botulinum toxin type A. In the late 1970s, Dr. Alan B. Scott got the green light from the FDA to begin injecting small amounts into human volunteers. Drugmaker Allergan would later acquire Dr. Scott’s company, ultimately updating the drug’s name to the now familiar “Botox.”

By the 2000s, Botox had become a household name. Even back in 2001, Botox sales soared to $310 million; by 2006, sales shot past the $1 billion mark. No longer was Botox just another part of the plastic-fantastic LA culture. In 2017, I can practically guarantee you know someone who has had the procedure – even if they’re not telling!

Exactly What Is Botox?

The Botox you’re likely thinking of is BOTOX® Cosmetic, “a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles. It’s used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.”

But that’s not all Botox is used for. Time recently named some of the most interesting uses, including treatment for chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and overactive bladder, to name a few. And, at least one “off label” use might have you turning that frown upside down: some evidence supports Botox as a treatment for depression.

When Should I Start Botox?

If you ask this question to a group of professionals, you’ll probably get at least several different answers. Back in 2013, Today cited an article in JAMA Dermatology which suggested it was “rarely too early” to begin treatments such as Botox.

Did you know? According to our Botox rep here at Akari, “30% of our consumers getting Botox and fillers are under the age of 30!!! Crazy, right? Millennials are our target market these days, especially because there are more millennials than baby boomers!”

On the other hand, opponents say the cost of a lifetime of procedures would be astronomical. Others point to the fact that people in their 40s and beyond are trying to fix wrinkles that have already developed, whereas earlier treatment can prevent them from ever becoming a problem. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you.

Will It Hurt?

Cynthia, before Botox

Of course, any injection can cause discomfort. Everyone has different pain tolerances/thresholds, but I can say that most people don’t report serious discomfort.

If you’ve been following our blog on Pam’s transformation here at Akari, you know that she’s been undergoing many different procedures. What does Pam say about her experience with Botox? She summed it up in just eight words: “Pain free – took little time – skin looks amazing!”

Our team of  in-house Botox specialists are  kind, professional and knowledgeable.  They are happy to discuss any treatment concerns you might have. Just give us a call at 207.772.9060.


Cynthia, after Botox

How Often Do I Need It?

It can take several days to about a week to notice the full effects of the procedure, and results typically last anywhere from 3-6 months. According to the Botox Cosmetic site, if you discontinue treatment, moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet will steadily return, resembling their original appearance before you began treatment.

I started getting Botox 6 years ago when Akari first began offering it as a service. I don’t have hair, so my forehead is very visible and had a lot of lines. People are often shocked when I tell them I have it because it looks so natural.

I get it done roughly twice a year, usually timed around a vacation or an event – anything I want to look youthful and rested for. I love that I can have it done in the middle of the day and can go right back to work afterward.

One of our stylists, Jenny, shares: “I started Botox for the first time when I was 24 as a preventative treatment. I don’t need to get it often, just once or twice each year, which has erased premature wrinkles.”

Are There Risks Involved?

As with anything, there may be risks involved. If you want to read more about potentially serious side effects, you can review the Botox Cosmetic site right here. The Mayo Clinic reports, however, that Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced professional.

That’s why it’s important to seek out a qualified professional. With the ever-increasing popularity of Botox, there are scams out there – such as a 2004 incident when four people were hospitalized with paralysis after receiving a phony version of Botox Cosmetic.

Who Will Most Benefit from Botox?

This too, depends on who you ask. If you consider that Botox was 2015’s #1 nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the US (for both men and women), it becomes clear that many people may benefit.

At Akari, we focus on a natural approach to aesthetics. Each treatment is customized to meet your expectations so you leave looking – and feeling – refreshed and relaxed.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation at Akari, we’d love to hear from you! Reach us at or 207.772.9060.

Treat yourself to one of Akari’s famed botox treatments – and enjoy a 20% summer savings, too! Just mention discount code BOTOX20 when you call.

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