What is BOTOX?
Botox described in layman term is basically a TOXIN, also called a “Miracle Poison”. To get a clear understanding, it is a ‘neurotoxin’ obtained from a bacteria named, Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria can be found in soil, lakes, forests, intestinal tracts of mammals and fish. It’s harmless in the natural surrounding. It is only able to produce the neurotoxin during sporulation, which can only happen in an anaerobic environment.
There are 8 forms of botulinum toxin(A-H). Type A, B, E & F cause botulism in human and the rest can affect animals.160 nanogram is enough to kill an individual weighing 80kg. It is also considered one of the potential bioterrorism agent. Botox is manufactured under very highly guarded security, to avoid reaching the wrong hands. Toxin A is used in the cosmetic industry. It is marketed under the name of Botox, Dysport, Xeomin.
Well, that’s with a mini intro to the current infamous treatment, to which people hop like a lollipop stop.
A Scientific Accident to a Billion Dollar Industry !!!!
After the discovery of the toxin, Toxin A initially was used to treat Strabismus (cross eyes). It was then called Oculinum, which later got a catchy and cute name Botox. It showed great responses in treating excessive sweating, leaky bladder, cerebral palsy too.
One fine day, one good Canadian eye doctor, Dr Jean Carruthers noticed her patients were losing their frown lines during the eye treatment. And, she mentioned the same with her Dermatologist(skin doctor) husband. Alas, they published it in ‘The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology’. Bingo, the dermics from Hollywood to Bronxville wasted no seconds in taking note and implementing the treatment. Leading it to become a top seller and even shortage of supply because of high demand.
Well, in 2018 it is estimated to be 2.9 billion dollars industry!!!
How it Works???
For the muscles to contract, nerve releases acetylcholine (chemical messenger), at the junction where nerve ending meet muscle cells.
The type A toxin aka Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine. Hence preventing contraction of muscles.
No/Reduced Contraction=No/Relaxed wrinkles.
Tada, yes that simple!!!!
Where it Works???
Botox works on the upper face, esp the wrinkles caused by expressions.
Mainly, Crows feet
Frown lines (angry 11’s between eyebrows)
For the rest of the lines, ‘fillers’ are the options!!
Hows it Given???
The toxin which is in powder form is mixed with saline and injected into the required area, by prepping it with an anaesthetic cream.
Easy again and probably that’s why even the nail salons in the corner lanes offer to inject.
Is it Required???
Well, in pursuit of remaining forever young, recent times, most celebrities, commoners and gross enough who are still in their 20’s hop onto Botox bandwagon. The media, advertisement showcasing wrinkles as more scarier than Sadako have just normalised it. Dreamgirl, youth fountain, timeless have become the adjectives of describing a woman. Hence how would she jeopardise the glory coming her way,? And sadly, pressure too sneaks in.
For some, it’s the craving for a picture-perfect selfie to post, likes that boost morale, followers exhibiting popularity, shares displaying admiration, comments churning compliments. Often, it’s the insecurity, that made home deep inside subconscious, because of constant flashing images of a woman with the silky forehead, J’lo Glow, perfect 10 featuring everywhere. On hoardings, social media feed, TV, commercials, internet, from the time one leaves their home until they slumber dousing the sleeping pill into their mouth.
When in reality, it’s nothing but heavily cropped, smartly edited, astutely filtered, brusquely boomeranged version of REAL. But, the mind believes otherwise and chase the faux-reality. Leading to flocking like goats, in the pursuit of greener pasture(where there’s no wrinkling with time), towards the gates of a cosmetologist, Botox parties and other alarming practices.
Is it the Permanent Ironing of Wrinkles???
No!! One will end up having friends for life with Dear Doctor or Doctor Evil. Since one has to be circling his/her clinic every 3-4 months, as the botox wears off. To make you stick like a fly to the dung, you may be swayed to sign-up for discounts, offers and other gimmicks.
Is it Safe???
Though, in 2002 FDA approved (to treat frown lines b/w eyebrows), it is still in the nascent stage. Patients are still the guinea pigs of trial and error method. Dreadful is that not all the doctors out there are “board certified”. Some are “celebrity-approved”, who got clicked with celebs and a chorus of laudation by them, which by the help of Instagram accelerated the reach. And finally, end up becoming self-proclaimed experts. Building massive followers and amassing a good fortune. Of course, not to mention screwing up some good faces, giving new definition to the words ‘poker face’ and ‘joker face’.
Droopy eyelids, slopey eyebrows, creases of face hardened like concrete and those countless frozen-faced stars. Regardless of their denial or shrugging off stating prawn allergy, cannot make any with eyesight and sanity intact accept the tales.
Any side effects???
Apart from few mentioned above, bruising, bleeding, muscle stiffness, headache, redness, muscle weakness, allergic reactions, flu-like symptoms etc. If injected into the wrong muscle group or spread from the injection site, can cause the paralysis of unintended muscles.
In some cases, it can race up the heart, to cause palpitation. And some severe cases, stroke and heart attack.
Botox in most case have caused a mountain of regrets and river of tears. Hence it barely can be the demigod for forever youth. But, we live in a world, by large, democratic. Freedom of choice is the rights that shouldn’t be subjugated. It’s for the Bravehearts who want to experiment taking up risks and future ambiguities. Thankfully, I am faint-hearted.
“I’ve tried a lot of things, but aside from sports and good nutrition, most things don’t make a difference.”- Nicole Kidman
“The thing about Botox is that when you’ve had too much, you then have to fake reactions just to look human.”- John Sandford
I wasn’t a fan of paying money to inject paralyzing poison into my face and that I was actually quite proud of my laugh lines, which I view as a badge that tells people I’m not an asshole.”- Jenny Lawson
“I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded.” – Julia Roberts
“I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that [youth], I have done things that I regret.”- Courtney Cox
“Why would you want to atrophy muscles anyway?”- Jennifer Aniston