Did you know that if you took all of the botox used worldwide annually (approximately 80 billion treatments) that it would condense the to the size of a baby aspirin? That’s an amazing statistic if you think about how popular it is world-wide and definitely speaks to the potency and toxicity of this potentially fatal bacteria. As we live longer and take more responsibility for our emotional, mental and physical health, it just seems natural that we want to be as youthful as we are healthy.
Here are some things to know and questions to ask yourself (and your Naturopath) before getting started.
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that can be deadly and comes from a bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum which in and of itself is largely harmless. It is found in plants, fish and shellfish. Botulinum toxin, if the cells undergo proliferation, can become botulism which is why you may have heard or read misinformation about Botox actually being a weakened form of it.
How does it work?
Because Botox is a neurotoxin, albeit, non-fatal in very, very small doses, it does have a paralyzing effect which allows muscles to cease flexion and thereby relaxing and smoothing wrinkles temporarily.
Is it safe for me?
Generally speaking, yes, Botox is safe to use as an aesthetic, anti-aging treatment. There are side effects though like pain, swelling, redness and numbness at the injection site. More serious, less common side effects can be nausea, weakness, vision problems, drooping around the eyes as well as gallbladder dysfunction. There really aren’t any contraindications for use other than an allergy to Botulinum toxin. Of course, a discussion with your healthcare provider will help you further determine if this type of treatment is right for you and can discuss any potential side effects that may be due to other conditions, medications or supplements.