If you are thinking about Botox, finding the pros and cons of Botox injections can help you decide if this is the right treatment for you.
But first let's find out about the origins of Botox.
Through the centuries, Botox or Botulinum toxin, a protein type, produced naturally by a bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum, had existed in disguise among us, and was first called “sausage poison," especially because it lived in mainly improperly prepared meats like sausages and ham.
Interestingly, Botulinum comes from a Latin word botulus, meaning sausage.
From the initial awakening of its awareness by Dr. Justinus Kerner in 1820s to 1992 when Dr. Allistair Carruthers and his doctor wife, Jean, published a Dermatologic/Oncology journal, about the temporary, but wonderful effects of mild amounts of Botox (A), for wrinkle freshness, that the product really took off.
In 1998, the chemist giant, Allergan Inc. in Irvine California, obtained the rights to sell Botox (A).
For several years now, Botox type A, which has been used to treat cosmetic situations like facial muscle spasms, has now gained awards for the treatment of facial wrinkles that is a social menace troubling millions of people around the world.
Botox injections block releases of chemical messenger (Acetycholine) or neurotransmitter, which are normally found in nerve cells, which in turn, issue the order to the muscles to contract.
When acetylcholine is blocked by Botox, the muscles do not contract, leading to a paralysis of sorts.
This Botox treatment is only effective for a few months when the nerve fibbers start regenerating thereafter.
1. Botox injections for wrinkles - Ideal in the treatment of wrinkle problems as it temporarily paralyses the muscles around the area of. The result is temporary, so you will have to go back for more treatments to preserve the look.
2. Chronic headaches, triggered by stress, bright lights, allergic reactions, skipping meals, hormone fluctuations, and other factors are said to be treated by 31 Botox injections in seven locations in the neck and head, over a period of twelve weeks.
3. Botox (injections have shown much relief to a jaw condition known as Temporo mandibular joint disorder, by relieving the spasms that account for the pain.
4. Botox injections have been found very useful in relaxing the muscles in the pelvic area, in the treatment of a condition known as Vaginismus causes spontaneous contraction of this area during intimacy.
5. The effectiveness of Botox (A) in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis, a skin condition which instigates excessive sweating, has been proven beyond doubt
It is said that side effects are common to all medicines, and Botox has its share of them, and on the slightest perception of discomfort, you are advised to remain in touch with your doctor.
Pain in the arms, leg, back, face, and neck, dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, eye irritation, symptoms of flu, headache, indigestion, increased cough, problems in focusing the eyes, sore throat, running nose, redness at the injection site, tiredness, and nausea, etc.
Other symptoms which warrant your contacting the doctor immediately are swelling at the mouth, blood in the urine, burning sensation or pain while urinating, double or blurred vision, difficulty swallowing or breathing, eyelid swelling, or vision changes, persistent sore throat, drooping of the upper eyelid, seizures; severe or persistent muscle weakness, speech changes or problems, loss of bladder control, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, worsening migraine, shortness of breath, and others.
A Word of Caution
Though the above may not adequately cover all the pros and cons of Botox injections, you are advised to call your doctor immediately you notice something wrong after being administered Botox treatment.
Botox must be administered only by a professional, as the procedure can go wrong on administering wrong dosages, which can even lead to death.
Also the long term side effects of Botox injection are unknown.
Botox injections are, no doubt a very popular and successful cosmetic non surgical procedure, is said to cost anywhere between $250 to $500 per area, and some unscrupulous elements have been known to charge up to $1000.
Bear in mind that the real cost of Botox injections will add up as you go back for more treatments.
If you are unsure about this treatment then instead of Botox injections you should consider using a Botox wrinkle cream and see how it works for you.
More skin care tips for younger skin: