The Botox trend is still on the rise, with people using it younger and younger than ever before, what are the risks of even the safest of Botox injections and could there be other, safer alternatives to going under the needle?
There are Other Ways to Disguise Wrinkles
Small changes in personal appearance can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. You could consider softening your hairstyle by adding a fringe around the face. In most cases, a hairstyle with more volume can soften features, with no need to go under the needle.
It may sound cheesy, but a good smile goes a long way. Many people don’t realise but a good smile can take years off of your appearance.
There Could Be Negative Side Effects
Any form of body enhancement or modification has potential negative side effects. Even dying your hair without doing a patch test to check for allergies is risky business.
- Possible side effects include;
- Pain, swelling or bruising at site of injection
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Dry eyes or excessive tearing
Although very unlikely, it is possible for the botulinum toxin in Botox to spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism type symptoms. Side effects of this can include;
- Muscle weakness all over the body
- Problems with vision
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of bladder control
Botox treatment is incredibly dangerous when administrated incorrectly. It’s always best to use a trusted and properly certified doctor, like Dr Darren McKeown, who is skilled and specialises in this field.
Long-Term Effects Still Unknown
Although Botox has been around for a while the long-term effects are still largely unknown. Many people are unaware that Botox uses a purified derivative of botulinum toxin A – which is the most lethal poison known to man. The long-term side effects of this potent neurotoxin on the brain, nervous system and muscles are still largely unknown.
Botox is licenced in the UK for NHS for treatment for things like migraines and muscle spasms among other treatments – none of which are for cosmetic purposes.
On average Botox treatments last between 2-6 months depending on the person, areas treated, and amount of units that were injected. Before you decide if you’re going to get Botox or not you need to research a number of clinics and providers, everything from the treatment to reviews, to awards and certifications. It is also always best to go in for a consultation beforehand as well – this will also let you see what the clinic is like and look out for factors such as cleanliness and professionalism.
Botox Requires Upkeep
Botox isn’t just for Christmas. It’s not a one-stop shop where you will look young forever, it’s an investment that will require continuous upkeep. With positive effects of Botox wearing off from as little as 2-3 months you need to make sure you are committed to paying for it over and over again.