Updated: Mar 15
Millions around the world have, and no doubt will continue to receive facial injections, but this popular beauty habit can not always be the best choice and although anything done "once in awhile" using the motto "less is more" won't probably hurt anyone it is good to know the fine print about this popular beauty fun and be more aware with the potential side effects it can bring such as deaden facial nerves and muscles; it may also alter human cognition, emotion, and possibly empathy as well.
Facial injection treatment is a strange creature. Currently the only FDA-approved treatment carries with it stern warnings about serious, even life-threatening side effects, as posted on its manufacturer Allergan’s website:
Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
These adverse effects seem like an exceptionally high price to pay for the promise of only temporary improvements in natural signs of aging. Also, given these side effects, its approval by the FDA clearly defies the most fundamental medical ethical principle, espoused since its Hippocrateon inception in the West, namely, “first, do not harm.” Ironically contradicting, perhaps?
No doubt, its ever-expanding popularity, fueled by its widespread adoption by celebrities, is contributing to the minimization of safety concerns. BUT the GREAT NEWS is there is other more natural and healthier ways to combat and slow down the aging process and at the same time look NATURAL, look radiant, refreshed, aging gracefully with Mother Nature the way it should be!
Mother Nature gives us endless abundance of fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, earth clays, flowers, gemstones and so much more to play, work, and have fun with and use internally and externally not only for our natural, raw, organic beauty but for physical and mental health too! Seek an experienced skin rejuvenation expert.
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci