Botox has been used to treat a plethora of conditions, most with great success, some with disturbing results, but ask anyone the purpose of Botox and they will more times than not reply, “Wrinkle remover!” Far be it from me to suggest what individuals should or should not do to capture their fading youth, but the longer this Botox craze lasts, it seems the more we hear about the problems.
Just what is Botox?
“Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA), also called botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes botulism.” And then there is this. “Botox is made from human plasma (part of the blood) which may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease.”
Botox has been hailed as an effective drug for serious conditions such as severe muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. It has been used to treat uncontrolled blinking, eyes not pointing in the same direction, and severe sweating of the armpits. But unless one has unlimited trust in people making a “killing” on this drug, I have to ask, are those teeny lines forming between your eyebrows and around your mouth really worth what seems to be more than the “minimal risk” advertised. Life is a crap shoot, honey, and those 2s, 3s, and 12s are bound to pop up sooner or later.
What are the side effects?
Rather than break a record for the most pages in an article by listing all the cautions and possible harmful side effects, let’s just say yes, Virginia, there are. As in any product that shows promise in the cosmetology industry, however, side effects seem to be largely ignored by women on the verge of what I like to call the “Dorian Gray” syndrome. We place such importance on physical appearances that they are hopelessly interlocked with happiness and success. Sadly, no warnings, with the possible exception of death or deformation, are likely to sway the 25 year old diva who has just discovered the first sign of a wrinkle with her magnifying glass and a spotlight.
Quick, where can I get a Botox fix?
“Botox injections should be given only by a trained medical professional, even when used for cosmetic purposes.”
Okay, honey. Apparently you’ve given this a lot of thought, and have made an informed decision, (sigh). Now what? Do your research and find yourself a reputable DOCTOR, preferrably a cosmetic surgeon. I don’t mean some wacko in a white coat with a suitcase full of Botox injections taking the route of the traveling salesman. Maybe the broad term “trained medical professional” is legal, but I don’t think I’d feel comfortable undergoing this procedure in a setting other than in a well known doctor’s office with every wall covered in diplomas and degrees.
I guess I’m just an old fuddy duddy. Maybe I’m just jealous of all the choices available to young women these days that will delay or even reverse the slow and steady deterioration of youth….Naah, I don’t think so. If I looked like a twenty year old I still wouldn’t be satisfied, because I’d have to act like one. I wouldn’t want to go through those years again for all the Botox in the world.
Well, if anyone is still hell bent on Botox, you might consider asking Kim Kardashian for here advice here.