Many women and even some men are taking advantage of new advances in medical treatment.  One of the fastest growing areas is Botox. And really why not???

But is Botox really that dangerous?

There have been reports of medical dangers when it comes to Botox.  This type of treatment can be both medical and cosmetic.

This area of treatment is considered a prime example of Women’s Health.

The most common uses is cosmetic.  Botox leads the industry in this realm.  We’ve all seen the bad outcomes from overuse or mismanagement.

As a medical tool it can be prescribed for several muscle disorders.  This medication is helpful in those patients and often improvement in muscle spasms and muscle twitching can be seen.

Botox works for about 3 months then often the symptoms return.

Cosmetic use and for wrinkles is a booming demand. Almost One million Americans are currently using Botox at a cost of almost $400 million per year. Over 4 million Botox treatments are performed annually. That’s a lot of face time.

What is Botox?

Botox is a toxin from a bacteria that produces botulinum toxin that is processed and purified. The result is a paralyzing of the injected muscles. When this toxin is injected a localized affect is anticipated and expected.

But it is not uncommon to have a response to the toxin at a different location in the body. The toxin may travel through nerve roots as argued. In addition, it can be transported to other parts of the body.

Often Botox should be administered by someone who has a medical license and is familiar with Botox injections. But more and more we are seeing unlicensed and unsafe concentrations of Botox being injected. Locations of Botox injections to other parts of the body than the face may be problematic as well.

What is Botulism?

Botulism is a serious consequence to the bacteria Clostridium botulinum and some overdoses and side effects of Botox injections mirror those of Botulism.

Symptoms of adverse effects of Botox injections include: voice change [hoarseness], muscle weakness or strength, loss of bladder control, vision changes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and others.

Check out the Anatomy of the Eyes

What is Botox Addiction?

Botox addiction is the newest concern for treatment. Dr. Martin Kelley, a plastic surgeon at London Plastic Surgery Associates, and Dr. Carter Singh, a psychologist at Britain’s Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, recently presented a study to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons claiming that BOTOX® has addictive qualities for some people. In that study almost 40% studied wanted additional treatment and felt compelled to maintain treatment even before their symptoms returned.

Others argue that some people will never be satisfied with their physical image and that an psychological attachment o addiction is not what is being observed.

Botox Linked to Deaths

In a paper back in 2005 in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology reports that 28 deaths from 1989 to 2003 were linked to Botox injections though none of the deaths were by patients or individuals using Botox for Cosmetic use.

In February of 2008, the FDA reported that they had found some link with adverse reactions including death and Respiratory Failure by those using a wide variety of concentrations and dosages of Botox.

There appears to be little risk with Botox if it is used appropriately and when administered by a licensed and competent medical provider. When steps are taken to increase dosing and concentration then the risk of abnormal outcomes appears to increase dramatically.

Though any adverse media or news articles on Botox does not appear to have limited or decreased it’s use, more concern is being noticed by the main stream public. Addiction or no addiction, Botox has helped many improve their own physical looks. It depends on what you are willing to do to look several years younger.

Take a moment to see a Botox injection for a medical condition: Video For botox Injection For Spasmodic Dysphonia

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8 Responses to “Is Botox Dangerous?”

  1. synthia Says:

    I’ve seen patients and people I know with real bad outcomes. Most of these tried a, no-so-real, way to sneak some treatment. They ended up really getting burned. Well rather…frozen face.

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  2. juilia001 Says:

    I must admit. Botox is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t feel bad by it. I am getting older and my daughter actually came with me for my first treatment. I now go twice a year. It works out really well. My doc is fabulous. I love her so much. She talks to me and listens. She knows some of the problems I am having.
    As far as any danger. I see very little. My doc takes the time and has been doing it for years. She has a lot of experience. I want to look the best I can and see nothing wrong with it.
    Good luck girls!

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  3. Nadia Radzyminski Says:

    Botox is a dangerous substance that is TOXIC.

    Anyone that values their health should avoid Botox for every reason.

    Botox is used for many different reasons: cosmetic procedures, voice problems, etc.

    But Botox is a toxic chemical substance that causes the skin to be swollen, and it is dangerous to put a dangerous or chemical subsatnce into your body.

    If you have wrinkles, use collagen instead. It is safer for the skin.

    I believe that Botox will someday be found to be non-beneficial for the body or be found to be a cause for death in the those who are vain enough to treat their bodies with no respect.

    If you have wrinkles, try collagen instead. It is more safe for the skin.

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  4. Donna Says:

    I have cervical dystonia, and Botox treatments have worked wonders for me. I’m able to enjoy life without pain, or the embarrassment of people looking at me while my neck is twiching or spasming.

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  5. Nadia Radzyminski Says:

    I was administered Botox about 12 years ago for an anxiety based vocal problem, and after being given the injections by a Harvard University trained physician, I could neither talk nor communicate. I don’t respect physicians who use chemicals or trial medications for medical conditions as an “off brand use”. No one should use Botox, ever.

    Botulism is a disease that is found in the hooves and knees of farm animals : cows, goats, or sometimes sheep.

    Go back to the farm, and don’t touch my slender throat with any needle. Please.

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  6. Rehabilitation Addiction Says:

    We should be away such things and Batox looking to much dangerous and harmful for our life and it symptoms looking horrible it will beneficial in limited time but its side effect we cant remove.

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  7. Nadia Radzyminski Says:

    Steroids are not intelligent forms of strength centered science either.

    Eat some normal meat.

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  8. Nadia Radzyminski Says:

    I can speak now today – in the year 2013 – but for many months (between the years of 2004 and 2005) my voice was MUTE. I could not talk at all.

    I respect good health choices, and Botox is a dangerous cosmetic choice.

    Botox is TOXIC. The word Toxic means “dangerous” or “life-threatening” in a thesaurus or dictionary.

    Real beauty is not derived from a bottle or from a chemical synthesized substance.

    Are fat lips pretty? I think fat lips look bizarre!

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