Botox Injections, The Only Treatment For Wrinkles?
NOTE: Botox is a registered trademark that we have no affiliation with. The following article is our own opinion and our own views about using alternatives to Botox.
Background: What are Botox Injections?
Botox injections are a purified form of neuro-toxic protein called botulinum toxin. In large doses, the protein causes botulism, a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning but in small doses it can be injected under the skin by a skin specialist in order to smooth lines and wrinkles.
This wrinkle line reducing procedure normally only takes a few hours to complete and the after the procedure swelling usually diminishes within just days.
How do Botulinum Injections work?
Botulinum toxin injections works by blocking the impulses from nerves that would normally trigger muscle contractions which in turn cause the visible creases, lines and wrinkles in the skin.
A typical cost for this procedure normally costs around 300 US Dollars and lasts about three to six months. Once the effects wear off the procedure has to be repeated to keep the wrinkle free appearance. Those who can afford the costly repeat procedures and who do not mind recovering from swelling after the procedure, do report dramatic improvements to wrinkles and aged looking skin.
What are the risks with Botulinum Injections?
There are some risks to consider when thinking about botulinum toxin injections. Occasional allergic reactions to botulinum injections have been known to occur. Also because the treatment temporarily partially paralyses the muscles, a small percentage of users have claimed their facial expression has a permanent frown or surprised look following treatment. The most common side effect of these injections is bruising. Other side effects include:
- Respiratory infection
- Drooping eyelids
- Feeling dizzy
Some doctors claim that many individuals in the US and UK overuse botox injections ultimately leaving the receivers face with that ‘frozen’ botox look.
Alternative to injections?
There is an alternative that doesn’t have any of the risks or side effects associated with botox and it doesn’t cost the earth.