Sure, maybe paralyzing muscles voluntarily not sound appealing, but it’s hard to deny the effect of Botox has had on the public and cosmetic surgery community. While many advocates will try and assuage naysayers fear ‘of the product, it is impossible to deny that Botox is a bit, well, strange. Here are some odd facts and tidbits about this popular wrinkle eraser that you may not have heard before.
1. Botox is the marketing name for the much more difficult to judge botulinum. It is considered toxic, and is in fact one of the strongest currently known. It is in fact a protein that is made of bacteria.
2. You probably have heard of botulism before, a condition that usually can be contracted from handling contaminated food. However, it can also be obtained by other means. Botox is commonly confused or thought to create this disease. While made of the same protein, which means where Botox is used in the case and are not nearly significant enough to cause illness. The toxin is purified so while it creates similar effects of botulism (muscle paralysis) it is not dangerous.
3. Cosmetic corrections are only a fraction of the scope of what Botox can do for patients. People suffering from muscle spasms, including debilitating problems that weak bladder, can benefit from the injections. It can help relieve motion and reduce pain for those with muscle disease.
4. There is a permanent way to solve sweating problem. Many people suffer from overactive sweat glands, causing them to perspire constantly and heavily, even if they do not feel particularly hot, stressed or anxious. By injecting Botox into the sweat glands, they are effectively blocked and excessive sweating is relieved.
5. There are more deaths due to the use of “fake” treatment but it has to prove the point. In the past twenty years, less than fifty deaths have been reported and none of them has been associated with cosmetic use. Other materials as a substitute for Botox that has not been medically recognized, however, can cause severe injury, complications and even death.
6. It is fairly safe for most people. However, those who are pregnant or who have egg allergy should not be treated as potential risks are greater.
7. Less than five percent of patients receiving injections with serious side effects. Those who do get bruising, swelling, nausea, cold or flu-like symptoms, and some minor bleeding at injection site. Even though these side effects are temporary and disappear within a few days time.
8. Not ready to commit to a facelift? It can be used in combination with dermal fillers to help lift and tighten sagging facial features and eliminate wrinkles. Sometimes referred to as “liquid facelift.” It is significantly cheaper and less painful than traditional surgery.
9. Virtually anyone with a medical license is allowed to buy and inject. However, you will want to find someone with experience and skills. Dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other professionals dealing with the face and skin are probably the safest bet. Beware Botox “parties” and other events that may not be the most reputable.