Botox is an extremely popular anti-aging treatment that can deliver quick results. It uses the toxin of a bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, to block nerve signals and cause localised paralysis. Although the toxin can cause botulism, it’s safe to use if targeted on a limited area and administered in small doses. Common treatment areas for Botox are lips, forehead, and eyes. Despite of the benefits, injecting toxin into your body is risky. Repeated Botox treatments may cause side effects like nausea, headache, and flu-like symptoms. If you continue the treatment further, there are possible long-term health risks of Botox.
The Long-Term Dangers Of Botox
Possible Effects On Central Nervous System- based on studies, it appears that small amounts of Botox can spread to other parts of the body, including the central nervous system. This is quite risky because Botox is actually a neurotoxin. The toxin is encapsulated by the autophagy process into a structure called autophagosomes, which travel to the central nervous system. It takes about 3 or 4 hours for small amount of Botox to reach the central nervous system after a facial injection.
Weakened Facial Muscles- if you don’t use your muscles, they will shrink and become weaker. This also happens to your facial muscles, which will be atrophied due to lack of use. The specialist will only inject Botox in discrete locations and muscles in the surrounding area will be weaker.
Skin Discolouration- although not a common occurrence, some patients reported skin discoloration around the treated facial muscles. The discolouration may cause your forehead to have small ridges with valleys and hills. This long-term side effect can be prevented if the specialist continually changes the injection pattern. Smaller amounts of toxins must be administered and distributed in a more uniform way to obtain a more even result. Stopping the treatment may partially diminish the side effect. Other patients also reported the thinning of facial skin after prolonged Botox treatment, especially in older people with naturally thinner skin.
How to avoid the Long-Term Dangers Of Botox
As you can see, there are many long-term dangers of using Botox anti-aging treatments. The best way to avoid these dangers is to avoid Botox altogether. An alternative treatment which has proven safe and effective for thousands of patients is Endermologie.
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To learn more about the long-term dangers of Botox, contact Coral Skin and speak with a licenced aesthetician today who can answer any questions you might have.
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