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The Benefits and Disadvantages of Botox

By Alyssa Martinez @ItsMariaAlyssa

Botox is a long debated topic all around the world. People will scorn and judge it while others will sing Botox praises and clamber to get underneath the needle. There is no set standard on the rights and wrongs of Botox procedures, however, you should never join these debates or make rash decisions about Botox without first having researched all the facts. Botox is a personal and intimate decision that should never be judged by anyone, let alone someone that knows nothing about the controversial issue in hand. Do not let this person be you. This article will detail the benefits and disadvantages of Botox so that you may make your own informed decision about the issue.

But first, you should know a little bit more about the intricate details and background of Botox before delving into the more convoluted arguments about the Botox procedures available. Botox injections, otherwise known as Botulinum toxin injections are medical treatments that are used to relax the facial muscles of the individual receiving the injections. To simplify these medical terms, Botox makes various facial signs of age disappear. For example, crows feet, wrinkles and frown lines. While they are not necessarily gone, they do become less pronounced. Botox can be a way to alter your face without having to go under a surgical knife. It can seem less daunting this way. These are expensive injections though, so bear this in mind.

During the procedure you will meet with a doctor or fully qualified nurse practitioner, or even possibly a dentist who will then prescribe you the medicine. This should always be done face to face. Naturally, before anything serious begins to happen, any good doctors will want to know every exact detail of an individual's medical history and background. This also means that they will want to know the reasons behind an individual's desire to have the Botox procedure in the first place. This is a safeguard in case someone is not necessarily too sure or sound of mind before the procedure. This protects both the patient and doctor in terms of safety and legality. A local anesthetic is typically not needed in Botox treatments. All that happens is that your skin is simply cleaned, and small amounts of Botulinum toxin is injected into your skin. Several injections will be required at several different sites on the face. Most people will be worried about the pain; however, they are only slightly painful, and most people handle the discomfort with dignity, much like tattoos.

What are the benefits of Botox?

It may not sound like it but there are actually several benefits to having a Botox treatment.

  • It is a non surgical procedure: As previously mentioned in this article, Botox does not require any kind of surgical procedure. There is no need to worry about any kind of surgical back fire. It is minimal non invasive procedure.
  • Botox has been known to lift the user's brow: Time will either lower or raise a person's brow. These Botox treatments can lift the brow and make your face seem less tired.
  • Botox can reduce excessive sweating: For a vast majority of people, excessive sweating can be a real issue, some people can become very self conscious about their sweating problems. However, Botox can actually help with excessive problems with sweating. This is because the amount of sweat produced is reduced with Botox.

So, what are the disadvantages of Botox treatments?

Unfortunately, there are also several disadvantages to having a Botox treatment, some would say they are quite weighty consequences.

  • Botox treatments are only temporary: One of the single most disadvantages of Botox treatments are that they are not permanent. They last between two to eight weeks only. This means that patients will have to constantly keep going back to the doctor's office for more injections.
  • Botox treatments can be painful: While pain is different in everyone, to speak generally, it will be a painful procedure for anyone who wishes to receive it.

Botox treatments will bruise: There will be no point in trying to hide your Botox treatments as the points of injection will bruise.


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