Is Botox the New Psychiatrist?

Most men and women do not like the idea of aging, losing their looks, acquiring facial lines and wrinkles. Well, like it or not this is the way nature operates and we all just have to face up to the experience. Some people let themselves go and do not bother to prolong the inevitable. Others, however, spend thousands of dollars on expensive beauty creams hoping they can buy faces that can continue to appear youthful and radiant. The determined age defyers will either have plastic surgery procedures, liposuction, or, reshape their contours with a series of Botox injections.

What is Botox?

Botox is a toxin produced by the same microbe that causes the type of food poisoning called botulism that temporarily paralyzes muscle activity. Botox injections are commonly known for being able to reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles. Although there are now other products on the market, Botox was the forerunner drug in the use of botulinum toxin for this purpose.

Botox injections block out certain chemical nerve signals that cause temporary muscle contraction thereby relaxing the facial muscles that cause age wrinkles, such as:

• Furrows on the forehead
• Frown lines that occur between the eyebrows
• Crows feet from eye corners

Many women have undergone Botox injections for removal of their wrinkles and maintaining a youthful appearance. It has now been revealed that one in nine men also indulge in Botox injections. Apparently, it makes them feel refreshed, improves their self-esteem, and alleviates tension headaches. Added to this it improves their general feeling of well-being for the ten to twelve weeks period of the injection. For males, Botox is often referred to as “Brotox.”

Botox injections usually start working a few days after a treatment. Depending on the reason for treatment, the effect can last for as long as three months or more! Regular follow-up injections are necessary to maintain the effect.

Pregnant or breast-feeding women should avoid using botulinum toxin, as well as those people who have had an allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients previously.

Botox also used for health

Botox injections are used for treating problems such as repetitive neck spasms, overactive bladder, excessive sweating, and lazy eye. In addition it can help some people who suffer from chronic migraines. It is important for the injections to follow in consecutive order to avoid any side effects. Botox injections must only be used under a skilled doctor that is experienced in Botox therapy, as it can be dangerous if incorrectly administered.

Botox risks and side effects

Although Botox injections are relatively safe as long as they are performed by an experienced doctor, there are some possible side effects:

• Crooked smile or drooling
• A headache or flu type symptoms
• Eye dryness or excessive amount of tears
• Pain, bruising or swelling of the injection area
• Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows

For a few week period after you have had a Botox injection if you notice any of the following symptoms, call you doctor immediately

• Vision problems
• Trouble breathing
• Muscle weakness all over the body
• Loss of bladder control
• Trouble swallowing or speaking

Inform your doctor

If you have had any type of botulinum toxin injections during the past four months and you want to have Botox injections be sure to tell your doctor prior to having them. The same is necessary if you take sleeping aids, muscle relaxants, allergy medications or blood thinners. In order to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising, you may need to stop taking them for a few days before your injection.

Hi, my name is Gloria Herman

During the past few years, I have been fortunate in being assigned projects, which have been inspiring and varied. From articles on various aspects of travel, to website content, for the USA and UK markets. This is supported by my own world travel and the knowledge of people gained from this experience.

For recreation, I write articles for publication with “Ezine Articles” as a “Platinum Expert Author”.

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