Everybody wants to be perfect. We persistently tend to achieve success in our careers, have perfect families and flawless appearances. However, what does “perfect” even mean? And how far are you ready to go on this never-ending struggle for physical attractiveness?
Nowadays, tabloids and magazines set unimaginable beauty standards, making average people feel inferior. As a result, beauty industry makes a large amount of money, appealing to our body dissatisfaction through consumerism. Botox is one of the most popular beauty tools, mainly practiced by women of different ages around the world. As a matter of fact, Botox injections jumped 748 percent since 2000, which tells us that contemporary women exhaustively undergo different procedures in order to fix flaws they don’t have.
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox (or Botulinum Toxin) is one of the most poisonous biological substances known, a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and related species. It elaborates antigenically distinguishable exotoxins. It blocks the release of acetylcholine, the main neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction, causing muscle paralysis. It is also commercially produced for medical, cosmetic and research use. There are two main commercial types of botulinum toxin: botulinum toxin type A (botox) and botulinum toxin type B. A typical botulinum injection lasts for about three months. It can be used not only for anti-aging purposes, but for other medical conditions as well.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BOTOX IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TREATMENT
Botulinum neuro-toxins are used to treat various kinds of illnesses and diseases, for example, strabismus and focal dystonia, hemifacial spasm, various spastic movement disorders (associated with injury or disease of the central nervous, including trauma, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or cerebral palsy), headaches, hyper salivation and some other chronic conditions that respond only partially to medical treatment.
It can appear as a solution to other serious medical issues, like blepharospasm (uncontrolled muscle contraction), chronic migraine, esophageal achalasia (failure of smooth muscle relaxation), chronic focal neuropathies, obesity, vocal cord dysfunction, painful bladder syndrome, gastric cancer allergic rhinitis. Botox is also injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis), for people 18 years and older.
- Frown lines
- Lines around eyes (crow’s feet)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Nasal scrunch or squint lines
- Lines on neck
HOW DOES IT WORK
Commercially available, botulinum is administered by injection and its dosing depends on a medical condition that it is designed for. Doses of all toxins are expressed in terms of units of biologic activity. Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox Cosmetic is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and it results in a smoother look. Without a contracting muscle beneath it, the skin can not wrinkle. Commonly you have to wait a few days in order to notice some results. For the most part, the maximum effect appears at about 10-14 days.
The botulinum toxin can spread to other body areas beyond the areas it was injected into. Therefore, this was a cause of serious life-threatening side effects in some people receiving Botox injections, even for cosmetic purposes. Side effects, or off-target, are generally divided in two major areas: allergic reaction and paralysis of the wrong muscle group.
Side effects of a wrong Botox usage in cosmetic purposes are represented by: inappropriate facial expression, double vision and drooping eyelid, bruising, swelling, redness, neck pain, rash, inches, headaches, flu-like syndromes, dry mouth, fever, couch, sore throat, runny nose, dry eyes, itchy or watery eyes, increased sweating in areas other than underarms, ringing in your ears, loss of appetite, fatigue, and allergic reactions.
Note: You should immediately call your doctor if you have one of these side effects:
- Trouble breathing, talking or swallowing (swallowing problems may last for several months);
- Unusual or severe muscle weakness;
- Loss of bladder control;
- Problems with vision;
- Severe skin rash or itching;
- Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeats;
- Drooping eyelids;
- Hoarse voice;
- Chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder;
- General ill feeling.
Remember, that some of these side effects can occur in several weeks, after the injection was provided.
Note: Only the dose makes a remedy poisonous!
In high concentrations, botulinum toxin can result in botulism, a severe, life-threatening illness. Botulism, left untreated, may result in respiratory failure and death. Do not seek Botox injections from more than one medical professional at a time.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally linked the aftereffects from the use of botulinum neurotoxin drug product to patient deaths. Between 1989 and 2003, the FDA reported 28 deaths, although these deaths were not linked to cosmetic usage.
HOW OFTEN IS BOTOX USED?
Of the 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013, the most common procedure is Botox – 6.3 million injections, up 3 percent, comparing to the previous year. In 2014, these numbers increased by 6%. Qualification for Botox injectors vary by county, state and country. Botox Industry annual Revenue counts an amount of $2,455,000,000. Meanwhile the average age of a Botox patient is 40-59. A total amount of patients nationwide is 4,250,000. According to National Statistics, average price per Botox treatment is $375.
The frequency of getting Botox injections alters in accordance with your age, facial structure and expressions, diet, smoking habit, facial sensitiveness, etc.
HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF BOTOX
Botulinum toxin has been researched for more than 100 years. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum was identified in 1895 and intrigued all the scientists due to its therapeutic uses. Over the past 20 years, this neurotoxin has been approved in 80 countries for a large number of indications.
In the U.S. this procedure received approval in 1989 by the U.S FDA to treat certain types of eye muscle problems.
After years of serious research, in 1988, Allergan, Inc. obtained the rights to distribute Botulinum Toxin Type A product, and then in 1989 it changes the name for BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A). In 2002 it began to be used for cosmetic purposes. In 2004, Botox granted approval in the States to treat symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) in people 18 years and older, in cases when standard medicine doesn’t work.
Today, Allergan, Inc. is collaborating with many academic institutions, researchers, scientists and physicians and continues exploring the full potential of this neurotoxin. So, it became one of the most researched medicines in the world.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOTOX INJECTION
- Find a qualified person that will do your injections. While the market is full of numerous offers, your job is to find a good practitioner that will provide the procedure safely. Consider rather finding a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.
- Find an appropriate price. Make sure your doctor charges you “per unit” and not “per area of the face”.
- Do a research. Besides the facts mentioned above, make an analysis of the Botox industry of your area. Find out where is the best place to make this procedure, and don’t search for some original techniques, avoiding all the “off-label” procedures.
- Getting rid of Botox can be done with time-passing process only. It will disappear when your body will be ready.
- Think before injecting. Is it that necessary? The impact of Botox upon your body might overdo a few wrinkles. If your intention is to change your face’s expression, the injection might not work the way you think. So don’t change the flaws that don’t exist.
- Do not take Botox or Botox cosmetics if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or to any other botulinum toxin product, or have a skin infection at the planned injection site. Also, patients who are allergic to human albumin, should not use Botox as well.
- Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions: if you had/plan to have a surgery on your face, if you have weakness or forehead muscles (i.e. trouble raising your eyebrows, or any other abnormal facial change), if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant, breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed, and any other relevant information.
- Follow your practitioner’s pre- and post- injection instructions very conscientiously.
- Botox may cause problems with vision, so in case it caused general muscle weakness or vision troubles, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
- Don’t forget that your body’s immune system can develop antibodies to the medication, which can make the drug less effective, and potentially cause the development of an allergy to the drug.
Today’s world is obsessed about looks and appearances, so let’s not forget that body dissatisfaction is located just in our minds. Our intense desire to become more attractive forces us to endure dangerous procedures. Meantime, beauty industries take advantage of it and progressively generate a wide range of products. Also, different makers provide different service quality, that’s why it is extremely significant to choose the right practitioner. Don’t be impulsive and don’t fall for random offers, because it has to deal with your health.
In case that you had to suffer from any kind of Botox harmful consequences, do not hesitate to ask for legal help. Dishonest and shameless practitioners must not continue their activity and harm other people. Know your rights and stand for them. All you have to do is access Legal Bistro, create your account and describe your case.
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