A MAJOR Risk With Botox That No Doctor Talks About
Botox seems to be the norm nowadays. Ladies and even some gents love to get the treatment done in hopes of preventing any new wrinkles from forming. People even hold Botox parties and people get it done and don't even think twice about it because...well...hey... everybody is doing it...so it must be safe...right?
Let's keep it real and admit that Botox is a huge cash cow for most doctors. So if they were to start educating their patients on some potential side effects most people or at least a percentage of those people would choose to either stay all natural or the very least not get it so often (3-6 months apart is recommended).
Botox is also a pretty new drug so there are no stories about long term usage and its side effects. But one that I learned about is really something to consider before getting another injection and that is muscle atrophy.
What exactly is it and why would Botox cause that?
First let me tell you a little history, Botox is a neurotoxin and the word 'botox" is a trade name for botulinum toxin. What many people don't know is the botulinum toxin is one of the most dangerous poisons in the world and even a small amount, if swallowed or inhaled, can kill a person!
So how can we get it injected and be ok?
By injecting much less to cause harm...it all comes down to dosage (like with any drug). The amount that is injected for any anti-aging treatment is not enough to poison us. But still scary that we inject a deadly poison into our skin, riggght?? The toxin will only paralyze the muscle that it is injected to (the neurotransmitters actually cut the communication and prevent the muscles from contracting) and therefore not allowing you to use it and when you don't use it you don't form any lines which can turn into wrinkles.
The problem is if you keep injecting the muscles with Botox they, overtime, will become weak and shrink. Compare this concept to your body muscles and working out. When you use a muscle constantly or work it out it has volume. On the other hand, a muscle that is never used will shrink and become very weak. (source)
What does that exactly mean with face muscles?
It means that your face muscles (the ones injected with Botox) will become much smaller and weaker over time and this will lead to sagging in the face. Ugh, not desirable at all!
Well, think about it, if you keep injecting the same face muscles you are freezing them and preventing them from having any movement. Overtime if you keep injecting them and never allowing them to be used and have movement they will lose its volume and once that happens your skin around that muscle will sag....dam...dam...dammmmmm
So whats a girl to do? Deal with wrinkles or risk getting muscle atrophy?
OR if you sill want to prevent wrinkles and don't want to completely give up on Botox I have two recommendations that I have found out to be helpful in lowering your risk of getting muscle atrophy:
1. Allow more time between your botox injections. Docs say Botox wears off after 3-6 months. Let's say you get injected every 4 months, therefore 3 times per year. Maybe try injecting only 1-2 times per year. Basically give your muscles a good amount of time where they are natural and not paralyzed. So they can stay strong and not have any muscle loss and volume.
2. Get micro-current facials. Research has shown that micro-current facials (you can get them done professionally or with a NuFace device at home) stimulates your face and neck muscles and keeps them nice and plump. It's basically like a personal trainer for your face muscles but it also is able to improve collagen and elastin production, which is so important when it comes to anti-aging. Some doctors even say that with the right diet, serums and creams as well as micro-current facials you won't even need to get Botox injections! It is recommend to wait at least 2 weeks after getting injected to get an electric facial. (source)
I don't hate Botox, I have gotten a few treatments here and there myself to prevent the dreaded 11 sign between my brows and the oh so unwanted wrinkles around the corners of my eyes. But I'm not gonna lie....this is something that definitely scared me and I don't want to risk my face sagging, so if I do get Botox it will only be once a year the most and I will be religiously using my Nuface tool to get those micro-current benefits!
Let me know in the comments below what you think of Botox, do you love it or hate it? What are your thoughts now after learning about possible muscle atrophy? I would love to get the convo going and hear your thoughts!