Nobody likes to get older but perhaps more than that, no one likes to look like they are getting older. Looking your age means facing your mortality every time you look in the mirror, stops you from looking good in the outfits you used to love and can hamper your love life and even your careers.
This is why more and more people are turning to cosmetic procedures to try and hang onto their youth for as long as possible. And when it comes to age-fighting cosmetic procedures, there are few as popular as Botox injections. But what precisely is Botox? How does it work? And most importantly: is it worth it?
What is Botox?
Botox injections essentially involve an injection of protein derived from the bacterium known as clostridium botulinum. This bacterium is actually highly toxic and when injected, will paralyse the muscles. This would be very dangerous if handled incorrectly but when injected into the facial muscles, it shouldn’t pose any threat to our health.
So why would you want to inject yourself with toxins? The simple answer is that by paralyzing carefully selected facial muscles, it is possible to remove a number of wrinkles. Many of our most noticeable wrinkles come from pulling certain expressions. When we smile for example, we get dimples and ‘crow’s feet’. When we raise our eyebrows, we get worry lines. By paralyzing the muscles we can reduce this effect so that our skin stays smoother, even as we pull those big expressions.
Finally, Botox can also be injected into the lips where it causes swelling and can thereby help to improve the fullness of your pout.
Benefits of Botox
Many people enjoy the benefits of Botox and find that it helps their skin look smoother and younger as a result. This is a strategy commonly used by celebrities to great effect.
Another benefit of Botox is that it is very fast acting and non-invasive. Botox injections require no downtime, meaning that a busy professional can pop in to get an injection during their lunch break!
Dangers of Botox
But Botox is not a perfect solution. At the end of the day, injecting with Botox still means that you’re using a toxin around your face and this can risk causing allergic reactions such as pain, swelling, bruising, headaches, flu-like symptoms or eye dryness. Even when there is no adverse reaction, it is common for there to be some redness around the area. It’s also still highly possible that there may be some long-term health risks.
Even more fundamentally though, Botox runs a risk of causing strange results. Many people find that the ‘Botox look’ is somewhat unnatural and it’s common to find people who have had bad treatments and end up with their expression ‘fixed’. This isn’t a natural-looking solution and you can very often end up looking worse off than you did before.
And getting Botox injections makes even less sense when you consider that there are safer and more natural alternatives. Products like Instant Wrinkle Reducer that contain Argireline achieve essentially the same thing but to a more moderate degree and without the risk. The results look more natural and you’re not injecting yourself with poison!