Botox as a Cultural Revolution

December 25th, 2019

The rumors about the side effects of Botox and its prevalent use as the co-star in the plots of the year’s biggest sitcoms such as Sex and the City and The Wives of Orange County have led to in-your-face advertising regardless of the spin. Whether people want the surgery, need the surgery, hate the surgery or just want more information on the surgery, the media has made it the forefront of the population’s brain.

Functioning as one of the most well known pharmaceutical names for the compound Clostridium botulinum, Botox reacts with the nervous system by blocking the transmittal of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which controls muscles in the body. Once stopped, the glabellar lines, or frown lines, that happen from excess muscle movement, become smoothed over and softened. The facial muscles that were once tightly knit together and overlapping to make pleating in the skin, or a wrinkle, no longer receive the messages to tighten the skin allowing it time to relax. The compound used in Botox is found in soil spores and prevalent enough that most plastic surgeons offer the treatment and insurance has started covering the cost. If you want to know more about Botox and its origination, you can visit

However, the side effects of Botox can glean a lot of money for the insurance companies since the procedure is not without risk. Before the doctor can begin, a list of all medicines a patient is taking must be obtained as well as previous medical history. This is normal as far as doctors’ visits go until the importance of listing all previous medications accurately is taken into account. A patient cannot be on several prevalent medications while getting Botox such as heart medication, antibiotics and it’s also not recommended for women who are breastfeeding or want to conceive in the near future.

Common side effects upon injection are temporary eyelid droop, nausea, pain at the site of injection, redness, swelling, inflammation, and bruising. Though it had ninety percent of the clinical trial giving it a moderate to better rating in the clinical trial and it is FDA approved for most people 18-65, there are still several things to know about the chemical. For starters, it is actually a chemical and the most poisonous natural protein in the world. Theoretically, a relatively small amount given to everyone in the population could kill everyone on earth. New studies found in 2008 indicate that its use can lead to paralysis and respiratory failure due to the chemical’s capacity to spread quickly through the body. There have been twenty-eight deaths from 1989-2003 resulted from direct use of the chemical though none attributed through cosmetic use. Botox was originally on the market to uncross people’s eyes but was re-marketed when it worked better as a cosmetic enhancer.

Botox’s other uses, although not certified by the FDA are the treatment of migraines, a neuromuscular disorder involving the head and neck, involuntary blinking, excessive sweating, bladder problems, anal fissure, stroke, TMJ, and excessive salivation. These other uses come as a result of the Botox trend where many people host “parties” in their homes or rely on doctors not certified in cosmetic surgery to do the procedures. Sometimes both of these cases are seen where doctors will pose as plastic surgeons, host a “party” and prey upon the victims claiming the chemical is a cure-all for the above problems.

When used as intended and for viable uses, Botox does remove fine lines and wrinkles leaving clients’ skin more relaxed. However, the procedures should always take place in a medical office and done by a professional. The popularity of the Botox trend has caused people to become less health-conscious in their need to be trendy leading to bad injections and horrible, inerasable side effects. In order to get the best results, patients must undergo a formal appointment rather than settling for the more socially acceptable alternative of getting it done among your friends and for a cheaper cost. As an end result, the media has been both helpful in the distribution of information as it has been an equal part harmful because it’s an excessive smattering of popular culture embracing plastic surgery leading to unsafe parties, skyrocketing internet drug companies, and plenty of do-it-yourself.