Plastic Surgery and Botox

We all have thought about looking younger. We all have tried the lotions and potions looking for the fountain of youth. With plastic surgery and botox procedures becoming more common place, these have become a more affordable and safer option for battling the aging process. Modern medical advances have come a long way from it's crude beginnings concerning plastic surgery and botox injections seem to be the icing on the cake.

Botox is the fastest growing treatment for wrinkles. 3,181,592 people were injected with botox in the United States alone last year, and it is becoming incredibly popular in another 75 countries where it has been approved. Yet this is a toxic poison so dangerous that it could actually be used as a "weapon of mass destruction.

Just like any drug or medication, there are potential side effects when having Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) injections done. While most side effects are rare, or relatively harmless, there is the potential for life-threatening side effects. Before using Botox injections, you should be aware of potential side effects, make sure your physician or caregiver is aware of any medications you may be taking before you are treated with Botox. As well, make sure you let the doctor know if you have any medical conditions which affect your muscles or nerves- these types of diseases will make the it more likely that you will have side effects from Botox treatments.

Despite the fact that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis, scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles.

Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

Yet the answers to beautiful, glowing skin are in our lifestyles and in nature. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and our overall health is reflected on it. Botox and other techniques can mask the problems for a while, but it the problems will eventually come through, if not on our skin then in our health. No matter what our age, we can make changes in our lives that will show up on our skin.