In the recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of a treatment known as Botox. The name is derived from the scientific name of botulinum toxin type A. Botox comes from a type of bacteria known as clostridium botulinum and its application as a cosmetic has been known to produce results in the control and reduction of wrinkles, facial aberrations, frown lines, and other unwanted skin changes that everyone gets as they age.
Botox also has its use in treating muscle spasms which tend to effect elderly patients causing them to seek physical therapy. It sets the stage so that a physical therapist can begin restorative work for a longer solution to the muscle spasms.
Even though Botox has been improved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe for cosmetic and other applications, it is not without its risks. This is due to the fact that botulinum toxin is poisonous for humans and in some cases could be lethal.
The risks presented by Botox treatments are numerous and the probable symptoms of adverse reactions to it include:
• Drooping of the eyelid
• Double vision
• Other eye problems such as squinting and spasms
• Flu-like symptoms
• Redness at the injection area
• Muscle weakness
• Facial pain
Those with certain types of disorders in the neuromuscular system are also at high risk for adverse side-effects. Furthermore, those who have a history of allergies do not fare well with Botox treatments. This is also the case for those with nerve disorders.
Botox is popular among the elderly because it is a way to treat some of the unwanted effects of aging skin. Skin loses its firmness with age and it is not uncommon to experience muscle spasms and facial aches among seniors. However, if you are in your senior years, you should give careful thought and weigh all of the pluses and minuses to using Botox. You should also consider that as you age, the efficiency of your immune system diminishes and you may use other medications that could have adverse interactions with Botox.
There are alternative treatments to replace Botox that can be used to fight the effects of aging such as frown lines, wrinkles, fine lines, and muscular spasms. They are also effective in fighting migraines and headaches. The advantages of these alternative treatments are that their effects are risk-free and provide solutions for the longer term.
One such alternative is the use of aesthetic dermal fillers. These are used to correct folds and wrinkles that occur on the face with aging plus they help to restore the skin’s fullness. They are made of hyaluronic acid and present no risk because this acid is already present in the human body. This makes them totally compatible with a person’s body which also means that it will not be susceptible to reactions due to allergies.
Acupuncture is another alternative treatment to the use of Botox. Acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for centuries and is well-known for its ability to stimulate well-being and overall health. Those who have had acupuncture treatments show new radiance in their faces. Combine acupuncture with other effective herbal facial treatments and skin is rejuvenated. Another benefit of acupuncture is that it can treat the muscle spasms and nerve pains that tend to increase in frequency as a person ages.
There are many more ways to rejuvenate skin that have long lasting results and are much safer than Botox treatments. These include having a good diet that is full of vitamins and minerals, taking herbal remedies, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest. Facial massages, hydrotherapies, and natural facials are other good ways to fight the effects of aging on skin. These have no side-effects and you don’t have to worry about the potential toxic risks of Botox.