Botox pros and cons


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One of the means used by the people in the battle against ageing are Botox injections (or botox shots). Botox is actually a purified form of type A botulinum toxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (a bacterium that can cause gastrointestinal distress, muscle weakness etc).

Initially the botulinum toxin was used to treat some types of facial paralysis, spasms and other nerve disorders when the specialists observed that small amount of it can cause a local paralyze of muscles (that are responsible for forming fine lines and wrinkles) which leads to the a much smoother skin.

Today the use of botox (a product free from the harmful bacteria) in cosmetics is very popular because it’s less expensive than others, has less side effects, can be repeated when needed.

What does botox really do? First of all you are injected in the muscles that create the facial lines, it blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that carries the impulses from the nerve ending to the muscles which stop contracting and make the wrinkle to soften and the skin to look more natural and younger. The results appear within 3-5 days from the injection. The “target” zones are the forehead horizontal lines, vertical lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose, the lines around the eyes. It cannot be used for muscles around the mouth because that will obstruction simple activities like smiling, eating, laughing.

There are multiple advantages for using botox:

  • the whole procedure takes little time, no anesthesia is needed and the person can get back to his/her usual activities almost immediately
  • the effects appear in a short period of time (3 to 5 days) and last from three to four months
  • the treatment can be repeated and in time its effects will start lasting longer
  • it can also help with sweating (by paralyzing the muscles responsible for it) when injected in small amounts into the underarm skin or skin on the palms and soles of the hand or foot
  • improves the appearance of the skin (the patient can look many years younger than they are)
The side effects of using botox seem to be minimal. Among them are:
  • pain and bruising  in the area where the injections were made
  • rarely a paralyze or weakness of the muscles in the neighborhood with the area where botox was injected
  • temporary headaches can occur
  • less that 1% of patients have reported the drooping of the eyelid.

Some of these side effects can disappear with a proper shot technique and some precaution (no exercise and no massage on the area of injection for 4 hours after injection).
But the big cons are to be mentioned:

  • the fact that it makes you act some how unnatural because you are not able to revel all your emotions (part of the face mimic being blocked)
  • because some parts of the face is “frozen” somehow the brain redirects the impulses to other muscles and wrinkles can grow in parts of the face which is not treated and where there weren't before.

Because the disadvantages are uncommon, botox treatment gains more and more users.

See Also

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