The major decision of whether or not to have plastic surgery is one that people often toil with for a long time. People worry about whether or not these surgeries will be as successful as they hope, or whether the effects will seem obvious or fake. Even cost factor comes in to play. I had a few questions to ask myself. So, whether you asking your doctor about liposuction (smooth tummies!) or tummy tucks (I am trying to decide if I want one), or researching breast augmentation over at AboutPlasticSurgery.com, it is important to consider all of the angles before deciding on any procedure right?
One of the things I have always wondered about was Botox. Here is a article that answers a few questions about some of the pros and cons of botox injections, which are relatively simple in nature but which still fall under the category of “plastic surgery.” Botox itself is just one of a few types of injections that can be done to take care of wrinkles. Its the most common injection there is due to the factor its was the one of the first to become FDA approved.
Essentially, the aim of a botox injection procedure is to get rid of wrinkles. As we age, these wrinkles go from barely there, to noticeable. In fact there are stories of young ladies starting as early as mid-30’s having botox injections done. By introducing Botox into your system, these injections go after the small muscles that cause your face to contract and cause wrinkles. The result is generally a more relaxed face (beneath the surface) that causes your wrinkles to become less noticeable by smoothing them out. So, it is plain to see that when the procedure works it can be quite beneficial. All in all, the “pros” of such a procedure are quite clear: your wrinkles should shrink and/or disappear, and you will appear, in all likelihood, younger and more attractive. The is the whole idea right? To look younger longer is always a good thing. But with all good things, botox injections don’t last (3-4 months) and there is chance of damage, slim one but its still there.
One reason that some people choose to not to have botox injections is fear of a poorly conducted procedure. Fortunately, botox itself rarely causes any sort of medical reaction in the body, as very few patients react with allergies. However, it is not altogether uncommon for doctors to “freeze” parts of your face accidentally while performing surgery. Of course, this does not imply permanent paralysis or anything of the sort; however, you may find (following a poorly done surgery) that you have trouble moving your eyelids, or lips, etc. Even with the most up to date information some doctors still make mistakes. You really need to research the doctors in your area who offer botox injections, the down time is like next to
nothing, and can be done on your lunch break.
Ultimately, mistakes like the ones listed above should not be a huge concern, as doctors are always improving, and ought to be able to work on you. So, the main argument against botox injections becomes the idea of a permanent loss of expression due to excessive use. (which is possible, that is why starting as early as mid-30’s is a mistake) First of all, even the positive effects of botox injections are not permanent… patients who wish to keep the wrinkles away have to go back to their doctors for updates fairly frequently. Every 3-4 months in fact which means the cost factor can really add up. Over time, some of these patients begin to lose some of their facial expression. In the end, it is up to each individual patient to
decide whether or not such a procedure is worth its small potential risks or not.
Its not like everyone wants to look like Joan Rivers now do we?
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