Monday, October 19, 2015


Reading some letters to The Blade columnist last week, it was surprising how plastic surgery clinics are targeting young girls, luring them to expand their business. They organize Botox Parties for young girls, selling them the idea of how to “prevent wrinkles”. Concerned at this new marketing campaigns, mothers of young girls voiced grave concern at this trend which is being fueled by the social media that idolizes hottest celebrities’ faces. One mother admitted :”This is about money. Botox requires continual upkeep and young women are hooked by fear of wrinkles”. Another said :”I’ve seen the young Botox girls in Los Angeles and they are legion. .. their faces look vacant and robotic”.
While promoting safe and healthy natural means, and formulations, for maintaining and enhancing beauty, Herbally Radiant has been highlighting the adverse effects and potential risks of Botox treatment, face and neck lifts or surgical reconstruction of facial features.
 According to Mayo Clinic, “the most common side effects include swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms. If the injections aren't placed correctly, the medication may spread into adjacent tissues and cause problems such as: Eyelid droop; Cockeyed eyebrows; Crooked smile; Dry eye or excessive tearing.” Mayo Clinic also clarifies, “… .there is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms”. It advises calling doctor on symptoms like : muscle weakness all over the body; vision problems; trouble speaking or swallowing; breathing; loss of bladder control.”
Warning against Botox procedure, a leading neurophysiologist explains that many of these injections use a drug made from poisonous substance – it is a purified derivative of botulinum toxin A, made from a bacterium that can be poisonous, (says Dr. Peter Misra); and its long-term effects on brain, nervous system and muscles are yet to be known. 
The drug works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that create wrinkles. Liz Hurley, Lulu, Meg Ryan and Leslie Ash are among those who have had botulinum injections to get rid of facial lines. Even Sir Cliff Richard has had them, although he says they made his eyelids droop. But Dr. Misra warns that growing use means more patients are at potential risks.
“Many women are asking for Botox simply because it's fashionable - they want it for the wrong reasons and don't actually need it, say health experts.” Even if they can benefit, it will lead to an expensive commitment because it has to be topped up.
Many people confuse what Botox actually does with other age-fighting beauty injectables. “Its only benefit is to render a muscle weaker for 3-4 months. It doesn't fill lines, it just makes it harder to make the muscle contraction that creates the lines,” explains dermatologist  Dr. Misbah Khan. So will it work on those wrinkles around the mouth? “No. If you have smile lines [the parentheses around the mouth], you'll need a filler [like Restylane] to erase them.”
Black market:Many coupon services run deals for cheap Botox-probably too good to be true. One must know:  who and what you’re dealing with. “Do not look for the better deal.Cheap stuff might have been acquired on black market, or with expiry date," warns Dr. Khan.

Allergic reactions: You may know that Botox is derived from the same bacteria as the toxin botulism, and while you absolutely cannot catch botulism from the use of Botox, there is a small chance that you could have an allergic reactions like itching, rash, welts or feeling faint, says dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross.
Lop sided appearance: “If the Botox is injected wrong in any part of your face, you may have a lopsided appearance,” says Dr. Gross. “Just remember that there is an artistry involved in the technique, so be sure your physician is highly experienced and skilled.”

Overdoing it could lead to drooping—or worse : “Drooping of the eyebrows can happen even in the best of hands and if too much is injected in one place,” says Dr. Khan. And if you’re already using Botox, over-application could make it worse. “Overuse can cause the muscles to become so weak that they can't support the flesh.” The results can look unnatural, and even painfully worse. “If too much Botox is applied during a neck rejuvenation, it can cause the side of the face to droop, or in some cases the muscles that hold the neck up weaken to the point where you can't swallow or hold your head up."

Dr. Gross also cautions that “It takes about three to seven days to show the full effect, and results will last only about four months, and those results vary, depending on the depth of wrinkles”.

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