Botox May Not Be For You

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Do you need plastic surgery and other alternative treatments for your wrinkles? Usually the answer to that decision is split into people who are relatively happy with their appearance but are looking for that “little something” to help their appearance. The other side is comprised of people who don’t want to wait for less invasive methods to work, but want that somewhat quick solution, regardless of the risks involved.

Some of the methods used to treat wrinkles are Botox, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Thermage, Non-ablative Laser, Diode Laser, Intense Pulsed Light and Cosmetic Fillers. Let’s take Botox, one of the most prevalent treatments for face wrinkles to explore.

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Botox is a temporary chemical treatment that is used to correct facial wrinkles and is injected into the area that is to be treated. In small doses, botulinum toxin relaxes the clenched face muscles and decreases the appearance of wrinkles. The injections take only a few minutes and cause little pain, though it will take on the average 3 to 7 days to see results. You’ll notice smoother skin in the area where the injection was made and once the toxin wears off and the muscles are able to contract again, the lines and wrinkles reappear. The same agents that are contained in the drug are the agents that are responsible for a type of food poisoning called botulism. The neurotoxin is safe when isolated to the muscles in the face however if it spreads to the muscles in the chest area, the ability for the respiratory muscles to contract breathing becomes labored and could lead to respiratory failure. 

While Botox is a temporary treatment, it produces quick results and the treatment is relatively safe if the drug is administered correctly. However, being a temporary solution, you’ll have to get regular injections if you want to keep those wrinkles and fine lines at bay. If you take antibiotics, you may have allergic reactions to Botox, and some of these reactions can be severe and uncomfortable. Due to the nature of how Botox works, it can also prevent facial expressions. This may cause the appearance of a frown, or a “surprised” look.

Botox can also get quite expensive. A unit of Botox costs about $15. If you have wrinkles on your forehead, and need about 20 units, you’re looking at a bill of about $300. And you’ll likely need to inject again once that treatment wears off. Lower quality versions may be available, but may produce mixed results.

Side effects of Botox treatments are quite minor and readily treatable, but some are:

Dysphasdia. This is a minor loss of speech, or to perform basic facial expressions.
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Quite a rare side effect but it can occur after a Botox treatment.
Headache: Quite common with Botox treatments.
Neck Pain: Neck pain is also pretty common with Botox treatments.
Ptosis: A condition that causes one or both eyelids to droop.
Bruises: The injections used to deliver the toxin can cause minor bruising and soreness.
Nausea: Almost half the people that get Botox injections experience some nausea. Botox is a foreign substance and it may affect how your body handles the after effects of the injections.

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In conclusion, Botox may have benefits if administered properly, but side effects are present, and the treatments may be cost prohibitive. The treatments only last about 4 months, and facial muscles weaken over time. Too many treatments in a particular area could result in weaker and flatter muscles and the skin can get thin and loose. When face muscles get weaker, they start to use surrounding muscles to make facial expressions, resulting in  a weird and awkward look.

For safe and effective results, think about using medical grade silicone pads. Silicone works to increase the collagen in your skin, resulting in plump and smooth skin. Best of all, you don’t need to see a doctor or specialist, costs are minimal and you can wear the pads at home. Care must be taken however to choose high quality silicone pads. Some companies manufacture their pads in China using questionable ingredients which can result in severely irritated skin.

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If you’re in doubt, visit SilcSkin.com to see their line of specially designed medical grade silicone pads. SilcSkin makes all their products in the U.S.A. and they use a platinum curing process to eliminate any residue that naturally occurs in the production process.