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Botox injections advantages and disadvantages

Botox or botulinum toxin is actually a lethal toxin. However, it can be administered for therapeutic uses.

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One of the major uses of botox is as a cosmetic treatment. It works by paralyzing the muscles and therefore, prevents the appearance of wrinkles on the face. The effect can last up to 3-4 months and sometimes up to 6 months.

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The results of a botox injection are visible within 3-4 days, but it is not uncommon for improvements to appear after 2 weeks.

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The results of a botox injection are visible within 3-4 days, but it is not uncommon for improvements to appear after 2 weeks.

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Another benefit of getting a botox injection apart from cosmetic benefits is treatment of spasms and dsystonia (disorder of the neck and head). It works by incapacitating the muscles.

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Uncontrollable twitching of the eyelids or blepharospasm can also be corrected by using botox. One other eye condition that can be relieved is strabismus or crossed eyes. Botox helps by stabilising the eye muscles so that they will not go against each other.

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Those who suffer from painful bouts of migraines can find relief through botox. Chronic pain as a result of migraine episodes is relieved by injections.

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Those who suffer from painful bouts of migraines can find relief through botox. Chronic pain as a result of migraine episodes is relieved by injections.

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Botox can help individuals who sweat excessively. The effect can last up to 2 years.

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Apart from approved uses of botox, it is also used off-label, meaning it is utilised for other purposes other than what it was approved for. Teeth grinding, vaginismus, obesity, allergic rhinitis, anal fissure and painful bladder syndrome are a few of off-label uses of botox.

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A major disadvantage of botox is the cost. It is not cheap at all especially if you have to go for several sessions. And, since the effects or results are of limited duration, then you have to go for follow-up sessions which can cost you a big chunk of money. On average, one session will cost you £199 for one area.

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Another drawback to using botox is the list of possible adverse reactions. It can cause facial paralysis, drooping eyelid, bruising, headaches, fatigue and even allergic reactions.

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In worst cases, death can occur if the botox has spread to other parts of the body. When this happens, respiratory failure can occur which is fatal if left untreated.

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Hence, before you do a botox treatment, make sure that a licensed medical practitioner is performing the operation. Weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before doing it.

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Hence, before you do a botox treatment, make sure that a licensed medical practitioner is performing the operation. Weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before doing it.

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