What is Botox and is it dangerous?
The first time I read about Botox, two things happened to me. First, I frowned my face… but gradually as I read on, the sense in it all then dawned on me.
I am sure you will feel the same thing too if this is your first time of reading about Botox.
You see, Botox is the trade name used for Botulinum Toxin Type A. Yes, you heard that right – toxin.
This means that Botox has a relationship with botulism- a kind of food poisoning. This food poisoning happens when a person eats any kind of food that contains a neurotoxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
Botulinum Toxin Type A, which is just one of the neurotoxins (out of seven) that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, causes serious fatal conditions such as paralysis.
When this happens, the neurotransmitter that is responsible for triggering muscle contractions (acetylcholine) can no longer be released. The Botulinum toxins have attacked the proteins such as SNAP-25 that are supposed to be essential for release of this acetylcholine.
The Botulinum toxins succeed in blocking the signals that are supposed to tell the victim’s muscles to contract.
I am sure by now you are frowning your face as I did the first time I read this information about Botox.
I wondered aloud why anyone would consider taking Botox injections in an attempt to reverse aging, when it can kill a part of their body!
Well, today I know the answer. Here it is…
If any area of your body can be prevented from moving, then it can’t contract and… wait for it… it can’t wrinkle!
Bingo. That is the wonder of Botox. It is used to prevent certain areas of the body from wrinkling. And as we know it, wrinkles are the major symptoms of aging. If the wrinkles can be prevented and treated, then one can stay young for as long as possible.
For example, if Botox is injected only into the muscles around the brow of the victim, these muscles would be paralyzed… for as long as they are active- thereby giving the brow the look and smoothness of youth… without wrinkles.
Yes, this is a kind of “selective poisoning” to prevent wrinkles.
Botox starts to work within hours but the effects are not permanent. Depending on your body, the effects of Botox can last from 3 to 8 months.
With the efficacy of Botox injections, there is now a wide craze by almost every age conscious person. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 1.6 million interested people received Botox injections in 2001.
The beautiful aspect of Botox is that it has been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.
There is currently a practice of giving Botox injections to interested people in a party setting. While the proponents say this is better and more comfortable for their patients, the authorities such as The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frown on it. According to the FDA, Botox treatment is a serious medical procedure that should be done in a medical setting with the right equipment and right professional to handle complications.
Going further, the FDA advises that administering Botox injections to patients in a party setting is risky as complications that could happen would go untreated properly.
So, if you must get Botox injections, ensure that it is administered on you not only in a medical setting but also by a professional.
About whether Botox is dangerous or not, the dangers remain relatively low.
Botox is dangerous for people who have neuromuscular disorders. If you are one of such people, then consult with your doctor before having Botox administered on you.
Botox is also dangerous for those people who have certain cardiovascular diseases. If you are one of such, also consult with your doctor first before considering Botox.
Some of the other mild side effects of using Botox include headaches, temporary eyelid droop, flu syndrome, nausea, and in some cases respiratory infection.
Note however that most people who have Botox administered on them the right ways and by the right professionals don’t experience any dangerous side effects. So, generally, Botox is relatively safe to use in fighting the aging process.
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