Botox is all over the news now as it is the favourite anti-ageing treatment of many celebrities. Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists are carrying out this treatment on patients who want to reduce the appearance of their facial lines and wrinkles and get back their lost youthful look. In many instances, Botox can successfully reverse the signs of ageing. That’s probably why in the last couple of decades, Botox has emerged as one of the most popular cosmetic treatments.
The first thing you should know before even considering getting Botox is that there are two types of wrinkles: static wrinkles, which are related to age and caused by environmental factors as well as collagen loss, and dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement. unfortunately, both of these causes are pretty much unavoidable.
While static wrinkles will always be there after they first appear on your skin, dynamic wrinkles will be visible only when the muscles provoking them are moved—when you smile, for example. That being said, dynamic wrinkles may eventually turn static because of repetitive movement. Botox treatment is most effective for dynamic wrinkles. However, over time, it can also help ‘erase’ static wrinkles. Follow-up treatments will be required as, after each session, each session will increasingly prevent the formation of static wrinkles.
‘Botulinum toxin-A’ (also known as ‘Botox®’ or ‘miracle poison’) is usually recommended for ‘crow’s feet’ which are the lines around your eyes, forehead lines, as well as for frown lines or those between your eyebrows. Sometimes, Botox injections can also be done in the neck region.
Increasingly, Botox is being used beyond wrinkle prevention and smoothening. For example, the same procedure can be applied for a brow lift, where the sides of your brows are being lifted. It can also be used around your mouth—in the hands of a trained person, Botox can provide an uplift for a downturned mouth by pulling up its corners. Neuromodulators around your mouth and at the tip of your nose can change the way you smile. The prominence, border, and shape of your lip line can also be changed in a procedure that is called the ‘lip flip‘.
Botox injections can also be used to change the shape of someone’s nose or even slim down one’s face for those with chewing muscles or overgrown masseter. The tightness and shape of the neck and jawline can be improved as well. Botox has provided 80 per cent good results when it is injected into the vertical cords or the platysmal bands, which are the two ridges of muscle that you may see running vertically up your neck as you age. You can call up 855-929-0199 in Toronto or reach the clinic at 249 Queens Quay West, Suite 112 for a more detailed understanding and discover how the treatment may help you in several ways.
Botox injections work by paralysing the facial muscles to treat wrinkles and reduce the signs of ageing. It has sometimes been mocked because of the fact that celebrities go for it to hide their signs of ageing—and usually end up looking not-so-young. Many call it fleeting and superficial but increasingly, the treatment has been accepted by a wider segment of the population.
A recent study has even shown that Botox can improve the elasticity of your skin. This means that it doesn’t just help treat wrinkles but it may also prevent their appearance. According to the Canadian researchers behind the study, once injected, the drug will improve skin elasticity until the time of the follow-up treatment, which can be up to six months for some people.
The skin’s elasticity will first stay improved with the help of follow-up sessions, however, over time, it will improve more easily. Dermatologists and researchers have observed that even the deeper wrinkles that are difficult to remove at first get less severe if the skin’s elasticity improves.
The results of one Botox injection will start showing one to three days after your first session. Its effects can last for anything between three to six months, depending on the extent of your wrinkles and fine lines, and also on the size of the skin area that was treated. A follow-up injection will be required after this. You will need follow-up treatments because, over time, your muscles will get accustomed to the injection. But fear not, maintenance treatments may require lower doses. Last but not least, the gap between two treatments may also gradually increase with time.
The effect of a Botox treatment will start to wear off in a few weeks because your muscles will get accustomed to the injection—note that we’re only saying that they’ll start to wear off, not wear off completely. Exactly how long it will take always differs for each person. After this, you’ll slowly see your facial lines and wrinkles coming back. So, yes, Botox may make you look older once its effect wears off, but you won’t look older than you looked before the treatment. If anything, you’ll appear less aged, because the overall effect of injections is going to get better after each session. And remember, you may require less dosage as well.
You’ll find many facial creams out there that claim to treat wrinkles. Some creams might even require a prescription. Let’s be clear on one thing: Botox will always be more effective than the best facial cream you can find out there.
When done by a professional, Botox treatment is completely safe. It has also been approved by the FDA. However, like any other medical procedure, it can come with a few side effects (these are usually minor and go away in a few days).
Some people have reported suffering from a little headache, swelling and pain at the site of the injection, flu-like symptoms, itching, allergic reactions like a rash, back or neck pain, and excessive eye tearing or dryness. Others have also reported problems in swallowing and muscle stiffness. None of these are very serious issues, but it’s crucial you pick a trustworthy practitioner before getting your first Botox injection.
Surgical and cosmetic procedures seem saturated in society today, with extremely dangerous methods to achieve ‘the look’ on the rise, young girls and feminine presenting people are at risk. Moveover Apetamin and BBLs, another toxic beauty trend is taking the internet by storm: at-home botox parties.
An obsession with anti-ageing methods is running rampant within gen Z, creating a new boom of baby Botox—also known as ‘preventative Botox’—along with other dangerous ways of procuring and using botox, which are becoming increasingly available.
Keep in mind that Botox can have medicinal value. It’s used to treat migraines, excessive sweating and bladder issues, to name a few. However, when used in a party environment (and paired with alcohol), Botox can be dangerous.
You can order Botox online; yes, to your door, where you would administer the product yourself. Take a quick Google search and you’ll be bombarded by choices, with prices ranging from £100 to £700 for a box of apparent Botox. While Apetamin was swiftly taken down in the UK after the dangers of it surfaced, the availability of online Botox is still here for one simple reason—demand.
According to an investigation initially conducted by Which? that was then reported on by The Guardian 12 years ago, DIY Botox kits were already available online and even sold on eBay back then. The kits’ content often contained the ‘Botox’, needles, saline and a diagram of the face detailing the areas to inject. In 12 years, nothing has changed. In fact, it seems to have only worsened. While in 2009 it was found to be mostly sold on eBay, now there are hundreds of websites dedicated to the product.
Editor of Which?, Sarah Kidner, said, “It’s easy to forget that Botox is actually a poison. We were appalled that we were able to buy a DIY kit so easily and are concerned that the internet is becoming a marketplace for cut-price cosmetic treatments.” This research hasn’t aged well, has it? And wait—it gets worse… Welcome to the world of Botox parties.
Botox parties are a social gathering where Botox injections are readily available for administration. It’s a typical party, booze, snacks and socialising, there just happens to be a nurse (if you’re lucky) standing in the corner with a needle. Sounds like a good time…
Now, even in a safe, medically professional environment, Botox has its potential side effects. The most common symptoms often involve pain, bruising, redness and even infection at the site; other potential side effects can include the drooping of the face or eyelid, irritation to the eye area, double vision, and difficulty blinking regularly to name but a few. Even when used for medical conditions like the ones listed previously, the product comes with its risks.
In fact, one user took to RealSelf for medical advice over her use of at-home Botox, “I ordered Botox online and injected myself about a month ago. My cheeks went down tremendously but, [they’re] still swollen and yesterday the side area of my eyelid [has] become swollen as well.”
An experienced Botox practitioner, Malti O’Mahoney, told The Guardian, “If you did it yourself, with Botox you could end up paralysing your whole face. Facial muscles are very complex and a lay person would not know this. It is a full medical procedure, requiring a patient’s medical history and detailed consultations before any treatment takes place.”
This becomes an issue, especially when it comes to the fairly recent surge in Botox parties—their safety is wholly questioned. Remember when I said you’d be lucky if you saw a nurse at a party? Well, often there is no guarantee that the individual administrating the injections is even a licensed professional or, at the very least, experienced. It may be no different to the dangers of you doing it yourself.
Despite Botox being not directly harmful in small medically approved doses, it is still a toxin and, although rare, could cause side effects or even an allergic reaction. Because of this, if something goes wrong, there is no appropriate immediate medical attention that you would receive if visiting a clinic. Especially if you’re at a party and drinking alcohol. I don’t know about you but some of the parties I’ve been to have hardly been sanitary.
To make matters worse, the ‘Botox’ readily available online and at (unlicensed) Botox parties is unlikely to actually be Botox. Cosmetics Business reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had broadcast warnings in 2015 and 2017 on the distribution of fake Botox and fillers online; the market is largely unregulated and reportedly, possibly fatal. In fact, it’s pretty easy to determine the fakes since real Botox is a copyrighted trademark made by one company.
That one company is Allergan, a pharmaceutical corporation that is the sole manufacturer of authentic Botox, which is sent directly to medical practitioners and must be kept at a controlled temperature. Cosmetics Business (in collaboration with Red Points data) disclosed that counterfeit beauty products shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic, “with 74.14 per cent of cosmetics brands seeing a spike in cybercrime.” The dangers become even higher when knowing that counterfeit products are often cut with toxic and unsafe ingredients such as lead, mercury and even cyanide.
There’s no shame in getting Botox if that’s what you want to do—no judgement here—just make sure that if you’re going to get it, you get it the right way. Go to a bloody doctor.