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Most Are Working Moms Who Want to Look More Relaxed, Says Study

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Who's Using Botox and Why?

April 29, 2005 -- Starlets and superstars aren't the typical users of Botox, says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Most Botox users are middle-aged working mothers in their 40s and 50s, according to a new ASAPS survey. The most frequently cited reason in the survey was "to look more relaxed, less stressed."

The Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF), a research branch of the ASAPS, did the survey. The two-page questionnaire was mailed to more than 1,600 doctors who are members of the ASAPS; 1,048 surveys were processed.

Surprising Botox Results

"The results of this survey may come as a surprise to some people," says Leroy Young, MD, in a news release. Young is the chairman of the ASAPS' committee on nonsurgical procedures and has also led the ASERF's research committee.

Take Care of Your Skin, From the Inside Out

"Many are under the assumption that Botox is used mostly by models, movie stars, and the extremely wealthy," he continues. "The reality is that the majority of users are working mothers who are juggling their career and family, and are just as likely to be administrative or clerical staff as managers."

Botox Basics

Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin type A. It's made from a very small dose of the toxin. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles, blocking nerve signals to those muscles and preventing them from contracting. That makes wrinkles relax and soften.

Botox is approved for the "temporary improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age," says the web site of Allergan, the company that makes Botox.

In the ASAPS' survey, just over half of respondents (51%) said their injections lasted four to six months. An additional 38% said the shots wore off after one to three months.

Virtually all survey participants were women (97%). Most were in their 40s and early 50s. The age breakdown was:

  • 41-45 years: 19%
  • 45-50 years: 19%
  • 51-55 years: 18%
  • 36-40 years: 13%
  • 55-60 years: 13%

Most had two children (33%). Twenty-six percent did not have children. Seventeen percent had three children. Seventeen percent had one child, and 7% had four or more kids.

Most were married or had a life partner (67%), 12% were divorced, 12% were single, 7% were in a committed relationship, and 2% were widowed.

Occupations included professionals (22%), homemakers (12%), proprietor/business owners (12%), administrative & clerical support staff (10%), and managers (10%).

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