7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do BOTOX

Our society is ruled by our looks.

Nothing new, you wanna say. It was true 20 years ago, it will still be true 20 years from now. What’s new, though, is that not only we care increasingly more about our looks, but we spend tons of money changing ourselves. For what? Who said that getting older meant looking bad? You can take care of yourself without resorting to expensive surgery or regular injections.

More than that, these above cosmetic interventions could do you more harm than anything else.

Let me give you 7 reasons why you should never do Botox.

1. It’s a trend.

Botox is like fashion. It appeared somewhere in the 1990s and it will disappear. Can you believe that people had 6448.9% more injection in 2015 than in1997 ? Surgeon are correcting our appearance and we’ll soon all look the same…

2. You will have to get used toyour new look.

Fifty-Shades-Darker – 2017

Botox will take 3-4 month to wear off, whether you like its effects or not. Think about it twice before you have your injection. [1]

3. It doesn’t make you look younger.

I recently saw « Fifty Shades Darker » and was shocked by Kim Basinger’s appearance. She was gorgeous before, but now, it looks like her face can’t move at all. Even when she smiles, she looks scary.

4. It’s an never-ending procedure.

Smoothing of wrinkles is usually visible three days after treatment and is maximally visible two weeks following injection. The treated muscles gradually regain function, and generally return to their former appearance three to four months after treatment. Muscles can be treated repeatedly to maintain the smoothed appearance. [2]

5. It’s super expensive.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much Americans spent on Botox in 2015: $1,354,742,009 !!! At $317 average per intervention, 3-4 interventions a year, people spend between $951 and $1.268/year on Botox. For just 1 zone! You could buy one of the most expensive anti-wrinkle cream every single month and still save some…

6. It’s Dangerous.

Its scientific name is Botulinum toxin (BTX). It is the most acutely lethal toxin known. Because of deaths associated with its uses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires a boxed warning [3] stating that when locally administered the toxin may spread from the injection site to other areas of the body, causing botulism, a rare and potentially fatal illness. The disease begins with weakness, trouble seeing, feeling tired, and trouble speaking. This may then be followed by weakness of the arms, chest muscles, and legs.

7. Your face can be paralyzed for months.

Side effects from cosmetic use generally result from unintended paralysis of facial muscles. These include partial facial paralysis, muscle weakness, and trouble swallowing. Side effects are not limited to direct paralysis however, and can also include headaches, flu-like syndromes, and allergic reactions. Just as cosmetic treatments only last a number of months, paralysis side effects can have the same durations. [4]

Of course, a lot of people have really great results with Botox injections. That’s why their number grows so fast. But don’t rush into an appointment. Balance the pros and the cons, make sure you really want it. And then, do your research! Don’t save pennies on a someone who could potentially hurt you. Ask questions, make sure the person who will give you the injections knows what she’s talking about.

After all, cosmetic surgery is supposed to make you look better…

And, if ever you suffer from side effects, remember that they usually wear off within 3-4 months.

 

 

 

[1] https://www.realself.com/question/is-there-any-way-make-botox-wear-faster

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25077722

[3] https://www.fda.gov

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16112345

Elodie Miller

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