BOTOX. Trick or Treat?

With Halloween right around the corner, NWLI is running a BOOTOX special in our MediSpa. Since I am overdue for my own treatment, I figured this would be the perfect time to get myself in for a visit with our injector Amber Sheen, LE.


If you haven't heard much about Botox -we have all heard horror stories- I strongly encourage you to do some research! 

Did you know?:

-Botox treats excessive sweating. By injecting a small amount under the arm to block the signals that trigger your sweat glands, you can get relief from sweating for up to 8 months! 

-There are doctors that believe it can help with depression. Researcher M. Alex Wollmer published a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in which he says he believes Botox, Interrupts feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions." 

- Botox was originally FDA approved back in 1989 to treat medical conditions (not cosmetic until later in the 90's!). 

-Botox was also approved in 2010 for the treatment of chronic migranes, and in 2012 for bladder conditions.

-Botox currently has two big competitors on the market: Xeomin and Dysport with Xeomin being the newest to be released and Dysport having the reputation of "quickest onset and a longer-lasting result."

-Consultations in our office with our injectors are ALWAYS FREE. 

 It was BOTOX!

It was BOTOX!

Botulinum toxin defined on Wikipedia:

Botulinum toxin (BTX) is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species.[1] It is also produced commercially for medical, cosmetic, and research use. There are two main commercial types: botulinum toxin type A and botulinum toxin type B.[2]
Infection with the bacterium may result in a potentially fatal disease called botulism. Botulinum is the most acutely lethal toxin known, with an estimated human median lethal dose (LD-50) of 1.3–2.1 ng/kg intravenously or intramuscularly and 10–13 ng/kg when inhaled.[3]

YIKES. What is Botulism exactly? Here is the CDC's definition:

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and sometimes by strains of Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii. There are five main kinds of botulism. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin. Wound botulism is caused by toxin produced from a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum. Infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin. Adult intestinal toxemia (adult intestinal colonization) botulism is a very rare kind of botulism that occurs among adults by the same route as infant botulism. Lastly, iatrogenic botulism can occur from accidental overdose of botulinum toxin. All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism is a public health emergency because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food.

According to research done by the FDA there were 28 reported deaths between 1989 and 2003 associated with the use of botulinum toxin products but none of those deaths were attributed to cosmetic use. 

The CDC reports that in the US, there is an average of 145 cases of botulism reported each year. Of those, approximately 15% are foodborne, 65% are infant botulism, and 20% are wound. The other two types of botulism occur but very rarely. Outbreaks of foodborne botulism happen almost every year with 2 or more persons involved and its believed to typically be caused by home-canned foods. Most wound botulism cases are associated with black tar heroin injections with California having the highest rates...

Now, because of reported deaths, neurotoxins being manufactured for cosmetic use must come with warning labels similar to this:

Spread of Toxin Effects: In some cases, the effects of Dysport and all botulinum toxin products may affect areas of the body away from the injection site. These effects can cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. Symptoms of botulism can happen hours to weeks after injection and may include swallowing and breathing problems, loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, or loss of bladder control. Swallowing and breathing problems can be life threatening and there have been reports of death.
The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children and adults treated for muscle spasms, particularly in those patients who have underlying medical conditions that could make these symptoms more likely.
The toxic effects have been reported at doses similar to those used to treat muscle spasms in the neck. Lower doses, in both approved and unapproved uses, have also caused toxic effects. This includes treatment of children and adults for muscle spasms.
These effects could make it unsafe for you to drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

But don't let this warning stray you away from a product that can be extremely beneficial in more ways than one. Ladies and gents, no one likes looking older than they feel- nonetheless looking older than they actually are. Just a tiny amount of this toxin for cosmetic use is approved by the FDA to reduce lines and wrinkles in the forehead and between the brows. And of course, let’s not forget that it has approval for the treatment of migraine headaches. Think of it as a long-lasting muscle relaxer. It is not causing paralysis. Just relaxation of those contracting muscles that cause tension and wrinkles. 

 Check out this great guideline from "About Face Skin Care" to see how many units of BOTOX you should consult your injector for! Note: This guideline has recommendations for each area, your injector may add or subtract units depending on musculature. 

Check out this great guideline from "About Face Skin Care" to see how many units of BOTOX you should consult your injector for! Note: This guideline has recommendations for each area, your injector may add or subtract units depending on musculature. 

I reached out to NWLI’s very own Brooke Thayer, RN for more on this topic. Brooke Thayer, RN has been an educator for over 2 years, helping Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, other RN's, and Estheticians advance their career. She has been doing cosmetic injections for over 5 years and has been an RN for over 13 years!

Brooke states, "My idea of making someone beautiful is enhancing their own natural beauty. I will never change how somebody looks, but rather, enhance the features that give them their unique look. The advantage to using neurotoxins and fillers, is that I can achieve very natural results with no downtime, relatively little cost, and just 30 minutes (or less) of their time. My motto...Be your own beautiful self."

Check out a glance at my latest nuerotoxin injection using Dysport with Amber Sheen, LE below! (Apologies, video did cut out a tad bit early during filming!) 

A quick glance at my nuerotoxin treatment with Amber Sheen, LE.