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Everything you need to know about Botox

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Despite the myriad of rumours regarding botox, it is a relatively safe and beneficial procedure that can provide someone with an elevated sense of self esteem and happiness. There are several benefits to the cosmetic procedure that many people do not consider or think about, mostly due to the lingering controversy about the surgery. The vast majority of people will only know about the horror stories and about the negative side effects botox injections can cause.

However, with due diligence and in depth research, most will find that botox is used to aid a host of medical issues and that the injections are about more than simply eradicating wrinkles from an individual’s face. There are many things to know about botox before you take the plunge and decide to go under the knife however, so make sure that you have thoroughly researched all aspects of the topic before booking any kind of appointment.

The first thing you need to know is what exactly botox is and what it will do to you when it has been injected. Botox is derived from a bacterium or toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA, or botulinum toxin, a strain of food poisoning. This paralyses the muscle, which may sound intimidating but in all actuality simply stops the facial muscles from shifting in an undesirable way.

This is only temporary and will not last forever. The toxin and botox itself is mostly used for wrinkles within the face, however there are many other uses and needs for the injections. For example, many people do not know this, but the botulinum toxin can be used to ease the ache of migraines and chronic headaches. Botox can also be helpful for neck spasms, otherwise known as cervical dystonia, as well as other physical ailments such as excessive or uncontrollable swelling. Botox is so much more than an antidote for the vain.

Naturally, as this is a cosmetic procedure, there are some slight risks and side effects both before and after the procedure – however, they are not necessarily dangerous or fatal and with the right aftercare some, if not most of the symptoms and side effects can be avoided all together. There are some that you may not need to even be concerned with. However, there are several that you should be wary of before going into the appointment. One of these said risks is swelling or bruising (or sometimes both) around the injection site, which can cause irritancy as well as pain.

Be sure to avoid touching or irritating your face for at least twenty four hours after the procedure to avoid any unnecessary pain or any shifting of the Botox injections. However, this is a mild symptom and the most common, there are far more serious side effects out there that could prove fatal if not treated or caught early. A symptom such as breathing problems, muscle weakness, murky vision or extreme vision problems and finally trouble with swallowing and talking aloud.

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