Botox parties have become increasingly popular since 2005 among America’s well-to-do and those seeking a younger, tighter looking face. Before you R.S.V.P. for such an event, it is extremely important to be informed on the origin and potential health hazards associated with Botox injections.
Botox is a protein derived from botulism toxin. It is injected under the skin to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. Used in low doses it can paralyze or relax facial muscles, helping give the patient a smooth facial appearance. Many patients turn to it because it is less invasive than a face lift and the results are immediate.
Due to its numbing effect on facial muscles, it can leave patients with a constant surprised look or as if they have a permanent frown. General side effects include:
Side effects specific to the area of injection include:
To date, there are no documented cases of death due to cosmetic use of Botox. However, it is critical to understand that a Botox treatment is injecting poison, and as such could cause serious injury. Proponents of Botox injections for cosmetic use argue that the dose is such a small amount it does not pose a risk. However, in February of 2008 the FDA announced that Botox has “been linked in some cases to adverse reactions, including respiratory failure and death, following treatment of a variety of conditions using a wide range of dose” because of its ability to spread to areas distant to the site of injection.
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious illness or adverse reaction to a cosmetic Botox injection, you have the right to hold the medical practitioner or pharmaceutical company responsible.