The time eventually comes for us all where we happen to glance in the mirror and our appearance isn’t what it once was. Whether it be deep furrows in the forehead, sagging in the upper brow region, drooping of the jowls, or a thin lipped trout pout. Sometimes we just need a boost, and there is only so much a skin care  routine can do, unless you have been preening from the age of Eighteen, with an expensive array of cosmetics and skin care products, you may hit your early too mid thirties to fourties and realise that you need help which cannot be found in a tub of face cream. In instances such as these we can review all the options available to us, however, sometimes there is only one option and that is Botox.

So what is Botox? We have all heard off it, but what is it actually comprised off? Botox is the registered trade mark name for a prescription medicine which is injected, and is typically used for cosmetic reasons to reduce frown lines, crows feet, deep wrinkles on the forehead and deep creases between the eyes.  Botox is a toxin, Botulinum which is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, the toxin of this bacteria causes botulism.

If you  are not familiar with botulism, it can cause paralysis, and in some cases fatality. The most common cause of botulism comes from food consumption where food is improperly processed and the bacteria grows, this occurred in canned foods during the early 1900s . Although this sounds rather scary, botulinum has been used in the medical field for decades, it was first observed in a clinical sense in 1820. Anyway long story short, botulinum has been used in the medical profession to treat muscle spasms, involuntary twitches and  muscle related eye disorders. However Surgeon Richard Clark first used botulinum to treat asymmetry caused by temporary nerve damage caused by a face lift, carefully using botulinum to paralyse and relax the opposing muscle. Further more it was observed whilst correcting medical conditions that wrinkles were reduced. It was later observed that there was a reduction of wrinkles between the eyes, known as the 11’s these are the two creases that occur between the eyebrows.

This  brings us to the era of non invasive treatments, approval was sought in 1989 for the use of  botulinum for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetic use botulinum  has been branded as Botox by pharmaceutical company Allergan, and is a registered trade mark. Botox was only approved to be used on the 11’s or the lines between the eyebrows, however the use extends to smoothing wrinkles on the fore head, crows feet at the side of the eyes. Whilst this product may be the go to for celebrities and the like, is all as it seems?


Side effects of botox use

It should be noted, that there may be side effects with the use of botox, which can be life threatening in some cases. In some cases Botox, can spread beyond the initial site of where the product was administered and cause paralysis and muscle weakness in unwanted areas. Some of the side effects may include bladder weakness, blurred vision, deepening of the voice, drooping eyelids, breathing difficulty and dizziness. Check out the maker of botox website for more details  .

It’s important that you do not over use botox, and stick to the outlined timeframe for top ups, we read a rather amusing  article whereby the recipient was less than forthcoming when having their top up of botox, which left them with a higher arched brow than Spock. So it is imperative that you are honest when it comes to treatment times, if you change your doctor.

We would also recommend that you do thorough research, and that you get the treatment from a Doctor and not a nurse. Once again botox is a toxin and a nurse my not have the necessary skills to correct a mistake, or be able to prescribe additional medication if required.

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