Botox to Blindness
Botox has quickly gone from being a cosmetic treatment nobody talks about, to something as common as your six month teeth cleaning at the dentist.
Although it has become one of the most common cosmetic treatments, most people don’t have that much knowledge on the process.
For those of you who aren’t botox fanatics, let me fill you in (no pun intended.)
Botox injections are comprised of collagen or liquid silicone in some cases. Botox itself however is a liquid rather than a filler like collagen. Most people receive the injections in their face to fill smile lines, lips, and cheeks. Though the procedure tends to result in a more youthful glow, there can (and have been) serious side effects.
One negative side effect of fillers that no one talks about, is blindness. The FDA released a report in 1971 stating that, “blindness was a risk of collagen injections and liquid silicone injections in the face.” Although we know it can and has occurred, it’s impossible to know the rate at which this side effect occurs, because most cases tend to go unreported by doctors and patients.
The liquid botox itself will not cause blindness. Fillers in the botox injection such as collagen or silicone are what can cause blindness in patients.
How exactly does this happen? When an artery is punctured during injections, and a line of filler is inserted, it can get to the smaller arteries that cross paths with the arteries close to the eyes which leads to potential blindness.
How can it be avoided? Your best bet is to go to a well trained doctor who understands how the face ages and try asking more questions! A well versed doctor will be well equipped to answer detailed questions regarding arteries and placement of botox on the face to guard against it.
It has been proven that when doctors use sharper needles during the procedure, they’re more likely to puncture the arteries surrounding the injection site. So if you’re worried about potential repercussions, ask about the fillers, tools, and steps they’ll take to prevent it during the procedure.
Of course, not getting botox is always an option. For a more natural remedy, try getting regular facials. Our facials promote anti aging benefits, brightening complexion, as well as softening and cleansing the skin. Massage steps such as Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Tapotement and Vibration help relax facial muscles which helps release wrinkles. Regular monthly facials also stimulate blood flow, lymph circulation to help drain puffiness, cellular regeneration, relieves muscle tension and pain, and softens sebum to help cleanse skin of impurities.
For more information on our facials and services explore our booking site!