Botox(Botulinum Toxin) is an increasingly popular beauty procedure which helps an individual appear more youthful. It is administered as an injection directly into the facial muscles. Botox then works by paralyzing the facial muscles and thereby reducing the fine lines that appear on the face as we age.
There are a few interesting and sometimes scary facts related to Botox that are probably worth knowing before you put your wallet and face in the firing line.
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Botox is a neurotoxin
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin produced by the Clostridum Botulinium bacteria. This is the same bacterium that is responsible for the life threatening Botulism infection. Obviously it’s been sanitized and made safe before use but it’s still a powerful neurotoxin being injected into your face. Not to mention the most acutely toxic substance known to man
How was botox discovered as a cosmetic treatment?
The ophthalmologist Dr Alan Scott, developed the use of botox as a medical treatment for eye disorders such as strabismus. This later helped identify its possible cosmetic advantages as patients noticed their fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes improving after treatment.
What else can Botox make pretty?
Botox has recently started to be used as an alternative for breast implants. Botox injections can be used to help give an uplift, but doctors have argued that the same effect can be achieved by adjusting your posture or a trip to the gym which is far healthier, not to mention cheaper.
Botox isn’t just about beauty
- Excessive sweating otherwise known as hyperhidrosis
- Chronic migraine
- Strabismums and Blepharospasm
- Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome
- and Cervical Dystonia
The NHS prescribes all these as safe treatments although there are also side effects associated with these that you should make yourself aware of before starting – here are some we hear at ClaimsNational.
Botox has side effects
The majority of people are very happy with their results when receiving botox but there are some mild to severe side effects, which include Fever, inflammation, sweating and drifting of the botox which can cause paralysis of muscles in the face which are undesirable.
A celeb fave
Botox is very popular with celebrities including:
- Nicole Kidman
- and even John Barrowman and Sylvester Stallone
What to do if it goes wrong
While botox has a lot of bad press, if performed by a professional then you will often see good results. However, if you do have a bad reaction to botox it may be worthwhile getting some legal advice. This can include suffering adverse reactions or incorrect applications due to someone else’s negligence. Errors in botox application can be long-lasting and have a large impact on your quality of life.
Overall, botox can be safe and effective just make sure you visit a reputable cosmetic clinic and are aware of any and all side effects before beginning your treatment plan.Always make sure that the person who will be handling your botox treatments is a qualified professional and don’t be scared about asking questions before your procedure.
Cormac Reynolds is someone who has written about this area for a number of sites. He enjoys sports and good food.