“Botox” is short for Botulinum Toxin. It’s an FDA-approved toxin, usually injected into the forehead to reduce wrinkles and smoothen skin. Cosmetic surgeons actually laud Botox as a skin healer, especially when used continuously for years. But exactly how safe is Botox? Get the lowdown after the jump.
The Benefits Of Botox
Botox is popular because it’s a relatively cheap, easy way to instantly look younger. With Botox, you basically get the benefits of plastic surgery in an injection. This makes Botox a popular cosmetic choice when you want to look younger for a big upcoming event.
What’s more, some cosmetic surgeons laud Botox as an actual skin healer. Over a few years of continued use, they say, Botox will remove wrinkles, smoothen skin, and improve the structure of the face.
Some cosmetic surgeons suggest at least 3 years of sustained Botox use MINIMUM to begin to see permanent improvements. But is using Botox for the long-term really safe? To answer the question, let’s take a look at the potential dangers of Botox use:
The Dangers Of Botox
We’ll have to remember that Botox is a toxin. In other words, it’s a poison that normally shouldn’t have any business being in the body. And seeing as no two people have the exact same tolerance for Botulinum Toxin, there’s a pretty good chance that your body will react negatively to the poison.
At the very least, you’ll notice some annoying side effects after the Botox injection. You may experience some redness, swelling, and pain at the injection point. This discomfort can last several days after the injection for some people.
The worst side effects come in the form of severe neck pain and headaches. It can get in the way of work, so it’s a bad idea to continue using Botox if side effects like this come around after the injection.
Our advice is simple — approach Botox with caution. It may work for some people, but it doesn’t work as well for others. And more studies are needed to make sure Botox’s long-term effects aren’t life-threatening, and doesn’t increase the likelihood of certain diseases.
Is Botox For You?
What about you? Have you tried Botox in the past? What were your experiences with the toxin, the treatment, and the doctor? Be sure to share your stories with us in the comments box below!
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