Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin produced by bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In human excess of botulinum toxin causes severe life threatning poisoining called botulism,where severe neuro-muscular paralysis occurs resulting in respiratory paralysis and finally death.
Whereas Botox as a cosmetic which contains toxin in a form diluted to a millionth of its strength that help reduce the activity of muscle that cause wrinkle by paralysing the muscle. It is the most talked and beloved drug among the celebrities and has already gained the title” Asprin of 21 century” where widely being use in different medical conditions besides wrinkle.
Botox treatment is a quick procedure that takes just 10 minutes depending on the locations and no recovery time is needed,which means you can get back to your normal activites immediately after procedure. But its not a long term or permanent and the effect may vary from person to person or the injection site which lasts for about 4-6 months. So atleast 2-3 session per year might be necessary.
But when it comes to the safety of botulinum toxin, there has been many controversies about the side effects and long term effects of botox cosmetic.
Last year (February 2008) FDA announce about the safety of some botulinum toxin treatments due to the fact that there had been some serious complications when children treated with botulinum toxin for cerebral palsy associated with limb spasticity.Those treatments were done using high dose of botulimum toxin. When lower dose are used, so far there are no any death or any serious complications. So the safety of Botox Cosmetic depends on the lower dose.
All medicine have certain side effects so there might be minor or no side effects but if drowsiness,dry eyes,Droopy eyelids,dry mouth, anxiety, facial pain, flu like symptoms, headache, nausea, redness, swelling or tenderness at the injection site,weakness of the muscles at or near the injection site occurs immediately consult your doctor.
As botox Cosmetic has gained huge popularity among the peoples, it has inspired health and beauty personal or even locals to offer a botox shot for easy money.There has been several complications reported of Botox Cosmetic in the media which is mainly due to unlicensed or unethical provider and personals claiming themself to be a qualified health professionals. So every patients are advised to discuss your issues with a licensed qualified doctor who know every anatomy of injection site and preventing further complications. If given a BOTOX Cosmetic in a appropriate formulation for specific sites, it’s very safe.