Botox or Not to Botox?



Botox® treatments can help to reduce wrinkles of the forehead, frown lines and crows feet by immobilizing the muscles that cause them. Botox®has been in use for over twenty years now and was approved for cosmetic use in the United States in 2002. Botox Cosmetic® has been the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for the last several years running. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons there were 5.7 million treatments of Botox Cosmetic® performed in 2011 alone. Don’t be afraid to call and find out more about getting your first treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox® is a trade name for botulinum toxin A. In this way, Botox® is related to botulism. Botulism is a form of food poisoning that occurs when someone eats something containing a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin A is one of the neurotoxins produced by Clostridium botulinum.

What is it for?

Paralyzation of muscles.  By paralyzing muscles in one area the muscles in an adjacent area are required to take over.  Botox is used to treat a number of different issues. Cosmetically, frown lines, droopy eye lids and crows feet around the eyes. (Dermal Fillers are more often used for areas around the mouth and nose.)  Other conditions successfully treated by botulinum toxin A involve muscle spasms, blepharospasm, cervical dytonia, dystonia, migraines.

Source: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

  • Botulism – Food poisoning usually caused by ingesting the neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum; characterized by paralysis; can be fatal
  • Blepharospasm – Involuntary spasmodic contraction of certain eye muscles
  • Cervical dystonia – Dystonia of the neck area
  • Dystonia – State of abnormal tension in any of the tissues resulting in the impairment of a person’s voluntary movement
  • Neurotoxin – Any toxin that acts specifically on nervous tissue
  • Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.

Where to Have Your Botox Done?

  • Warnings From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
  • Botox needs to be administered by a Medical Professional
  • Alcohol may worsen the bruising around injections sight
  • Botox Parties are often not conducted in “controlled medical environment”  which could cause complications

To Botox Or Not To Botox:

This is a very personal decision.  Akin to dying your hair, eating  junk food or not exercising.  All choices can have side effects.  Talking with your doctor is the first step.  Evaluating time, expense and life style is also important.  The effects of botox are  temporary.  The following is a wonderful youtube that describes the muscles being blocked.  Upper Face Muscles for Botox.


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