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              The Truth About Botox


Plastic surgery seems to be becoming commonplace. In the United States, there were 24 times more procedures in 2004 than in 1994. Botox injection, less invasive than the scalpel, is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the world. In 2004, in Canada, there was a 40% increase in the number of injections performed. So, is Botox harmless? Nothing is less sure.

What is Botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is secreted by bacteria. It is a violent poison, 40 million times more lethal than cyanide, which has the property of paralyzing muscles. Purified and used in the right dosage, the toxin can be used to treat various disorders such as muscle spasms and excessive sweating.
It has been used more recently to treat newborns struggling with too much saliva production which leads to asphyxiation. Botox has reduced the activity of the salivary glands and thus saved the lives of infants. But if Botox is so popular, it's because of its use to reduce the appearance of muscle expression lines.

How it works?

Botox injections should only be performed by qualified physicians. We give injections to the places we want to treat. The toxin paralyzes and relaxes the affected muscles. Botox is used to reduce the appearance of glabella lines (located between the eyebrows), crow's feet, and forehead lines. Its use to correct wrinkles around the mouth and in the lower face is riskier. Lower concentrations should be used so that the paralysis does not interfere with speech and chewing.


The injections are painless or not painful and the patient can go home immediately after the procedure. Results are visible three to seven days after treatment and, depending on the dosage and the patient, last three to four months.

Are there any side effects?

They are passengers. We are talking about headaches, redness, or bruising. Less than 1% of patients experience drooping of the eyebrows, eyelid, or eyebrows that are too arched. In this case, a touch-up carried out within 15 days of the operation resolves the problem.

What are the contraindications?

Pregnant women and people with muscular or neurological illnesses or disorders should avoid Botox. In addition, Health Canada issued a warning on January 13, 2009, regarding the safety of Botox. Indeed, although there are no confirmed cases in Canada yet, Botox is believed to be responsible for several complications, and even death. It is believed that the toxin could dissipate to other parts of the body and create problems such as muscle weakness, swallowing problems, pneumonia, speech disturbances, and difficulty breathing.
We must therefore carefully weigh the risks against the benefits of an injection. Are we ready to repeat the treatment every 4 months, to maintain our "eternal" youth? As the long-term effects do not seem to have been sufficiently studied, it may be best to be patient.