If you think Botox is a solution for ageing - think again!

If you think Botox is a solution for ageing - think again!

The number of people undergoing cosmetic injectables has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks to a generational shift in the popularity of Instagram, retouching and the seemingly attainable goal of perfection.

Botox is a poison. Yes, you read that correctly.

How is it approved, you may ask?  It’s approval hinges on the quantity injected. Botulinum toxin is a lethal toxin that causes facial paralysis and can cause botulism which is a potentially fatal illness, commonly associated with canned foods that have not been sealed correctly.There is a large amount of misinformation surrounding botox, due to the fact that it is a multi billion dollar industry and many of the people profiting off it are not qualified doctors. 

Muscle Atrophy
Muscle atrophy occurs when muscles are inactive and therefore reduce in size. This is a common side effect of botox, which causes a dangerous cycle that sees you in a never ending loop of botox. Although Botox does not dissolve, the effects inevitably wear off which can reveal a droopy and flat appearance in the face, due to muscle atrophy. It is however, recommended to people in their twenties in order to prevent future ageing, as it trains the muscles. Long term use of botox can cause a reliance on it to maintain plumpness, which could have otherwise been achieved with a good skincare routine. 

In addition, long term use of Botox is not only potentially harmful, but it can also result in an overdone look that does not give the appearance of a naturally youthful visage, as botox cannot be metabolised and dissolved by your body and the effects only wear off because your body

Skin Thinness
Starting Botox in your younger years may seem like your stopping ageing before it even begins, however, many people reportedly experience visible thinning of the skin on areas such as the forehead. This is because the muscle in the forehead is responsible for holding up the rest of your face, so if there is no movement it may cause your face to droop, which will inadvertently cause more wrinkles to form.

Botox doesn’t remove existing wrinkles
A common myth is that botox is a solution to remove wrinkles, however, botox works by paralysing the nerves that control muscle movement in the injected site. They do not operate as a filler to ‘plump’ wrinkled skin, however, they work in a preventative capacity to reduce the movement of muscles that cause wrinkles.  

Botox doesn’t fix skincare issues
Many people fail to understand the root of their skin issues and think that botox will solve any problem they have. By switching a few products in your skincare routine, you can notice a dramatic difference in the appearance of your skin.  

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