Botox is a drug that is made from a toxin produced by a naturally poisonous substance called Clostridium botulinum. This is the same toxin that can cause life-threatening food poisoning – better known as botulism. In botulism, there is a toxin that prevents normal muscle contractions (creating partial paralysis) and can impact how someone breath’s.
The drug first became popular in the 1980’s (approved by the FDA in 2002) to treat uncontrollable blinking and crossed eyes, but is now best known for its use for other cosmetic treatments. If used properly it can help cure diseases; however it is most commonly used to decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
If injected properly and with the correct dosage, the substance can last up to 12 months – even longer if treatment is consistent. Chances of side effects in today’s society have gone down significantly, but none the less a chemical substance is still being put into your body. Precautions still should be taken regardless.
Here is a list of some of the positive effects Botox can have:
1. Removal of wrinkles
2. Mends/reduces migraines
3. Reduces the amount someone sweats
4. Bladder control
5. Helps correct “cross eye” vision
6. Low maintenance – takes a matter of minutes to do
7. Produces quick results
8. It’s temporary – your skin will go back to its natural state
Regardless of the positive effects of Botox there are also negative:
1. Weakens muscles
2. Cause droopy and saggy eyelids
3. Constant headaches around injection site
5. Double vision
6. Dry eyes
7. Possible allergic reactions
8. It’s temporary
If you’re considering getting botox make sure to consult a proper physician and do your research before going ahead and getting it done.