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.
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By Victoria Harvey
As summer continues, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves. We all know the damaging effects the sun can have on your skin, but what about the rest of your body?
There are key parts of your body that need protecting against the sun, and many of them are the ones we think about the least. Your hair and your eyes are two of the most important, yet neglected parts of you that you should be focusing on during the summer.
Eyes - Your eyes are very sensitive and the sun’s harsh UV and UBA rays can cause severe permanent damage if you’re not careful. Ophthalmologist Aisha Mumtaz, M.D. says, “Without sunglasses, your eyes are prone to cataracts and solar retinopathy if you spend too much time in the sun.”
Hair Protection - Think your luscious locks are immune to the exposure of the sun’s rays? Think again. When you head to the store to replenish your stash of sunscreen, make sure you pick up some for your hair too! Without protection against the sun, your hair cuticles will be damaged, leaving your hair dry, brittle, and discolored.
Hair Maintenance - Another way to maintain your hair in the midst of summer heat is to get a Keratin treatment. This cuts back on frizz immensely and allows shorter styling time. This is especially helpful in the summer months because it allows for less heat. Keratin treatments start at $200 depending on hair length and type but results last 6 months to a year!
Lips - What many people tend to forget is that your lips are part of your skin, and just like the rest of your skin, they can get sunburned too! Make sure you pick up a chapstick with SPF this summer, and if you’ve had to learn the hard way, you can treat your sunburned lips with 100% aloe gel.
Our top picks to protect against the summer sun:
Coola Organic Scalp & Hair Mist (SPF 30)
As the chemical blockers work to protect your scalp and strands from harmful UV rays, the plant based ingredients add some much needed hydration to your hair. Find it at Sephora for $26!
Knockaround Fast Lanes (UV400 Protection)
These sunglasses are not only stylish, but one of the best pairs to keep your eyes protected from the harsh rays of the sun. You can find them on Amazon for $25!
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm (SPF 20)
This shea butter based lip balm will leave your lips smooth, moisture packed with a rosy tint. Protect your lips from the harsh summer heat with this balm. Find it on Amazon for $8!
Have you had a bad sunburn experience before? Comment your thoughts below!