Got Botox?

Posted on October 23, 2012


Chances are that you have probably been invited to some type of “Botox Party” before. If you haven’t, basically they are social gatherings usually held at a person’s residence where Botox injections are given. The big questions is should I get Botox or not?

First of all, let’s detail exactly what Botox is and what its original intended medical use was for. Botox is a form of botullinum toxin that relaxes muscle tightening. Yes…TOXIN! This protein and neurotoxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, was first used in the medical field to treat biepharospasm, a muscle spasm disorder of the eyes. So in other words, Botox is a muscle paralyzer. Sounds pretty scary right? Soon patients who were given it for biepharospasm noticed the wrinkle reducing benefits of it. From there, it was pushed to the forefront as an FDA-approved non-invasive anti-aging face lift treatment after intial rampant doubt by doctors who originally thought “There is no way the FDA is going to approve an injectable neurotoxin to treat anything!”

The injectible kind that’s used to improve facial wrinkles between the eyebrows is called Botox Cosmetic (or commonly referred to as just ‘Botox’). It works by blocking overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions. The effect is only temporary and lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 months depending on the individual and indication. It is currently approved in 85 countries for 25 different indications.

So is botox the ultimate anti-aging remedy for smoother, tighter, and more youthful looking skin? Who needs $350 anti-aging placenta stem cell cremes when botox injections for your face run around the same price of $350 and the immediate wrinkle-minimzing effects last for months?

Well keep in mind that Botox if used incorrectly or injected carelessly in the skin can have severe detrimental effects on your health. It can be the anti-aging fountain of youth or the aging death killer! Please be safe and only get the injections done by a doctor or a skilled registered nurse under the on-site supervision of a M.D. Side effects can be serious and potentially life threatening (such examples are problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing). The toxin may also spread away from the injection site to other areas of your body and cause loss of strength and all over muscle weakness, blurred & double vision, dysarthia, and bladder control loss.

Botox is not just for women by the way. Some men are addicted to it just as much as their female counterparts. “Brotox” is the slang meaning of a straight male doing face injections. I personally will never do brotox so if any of my friends are reading this, rule me out on all the future parties. I’m just going to stick to my own personal skin care regimen and take care of my face and wrinkles the old-fashioned way .. by wearing sunscreen and using the top rated anti-aging skin care products I can get my hands on.