Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Botox: What Do YOU Think?

Seriously, what do you guys think about Botox? Yes, this is completely off topic, but I'm just genuinely curious, mostly because I don't really know how I feel about it.

Botulinum toxin is a medication and a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and is known to be very toxic with an LD50 of roughly 0.005–0.05 µg/kg making it the most toxic substance known to man. Despite its deadly toxic effect, it is sometimes used in very small doses to treat muscle spasms. Popularly known by one of its trade names, Botox, botulinum toxin is now commonly used in various settings for cosmetic procedures.

...or so says Wikipedia. Now I really don't know what half of that sentence means, but I think I get the jist of it.

But what are you guys' opinions on it? Would you consider it cosmetic procedure? It seems to be all over Hollywood. Jennifer Aniston has been quoted saying, "I tried Botox once and it was really not good for me. I felt like I had a weight on my head." Recently Kim Kardashian has also admitted to using Botox. But is it something to "admit" to? Or is it as normal as getting your teeth whitened? Would YOU ever get Botox? Or maybe you already have. I was just curious as to how many people are for it, because I have certainly met my share of people that are against it!



  1. If I'd ever feel like it, I'd try it and then see what it does and if I want to continue with it. It's easy to say ''no, I'd never use it'' right now, 'cause it's not that common here, but who knows. =) I'm open to it.

    I kind of think of it as I think about plastic surgery. It's OK as long as you're not exaggerating with it.

  2. I truthfully don't like the whole idea. Not saying no one should ever get it, I think it is their own choice. I think a lot of the time it looks worse than it did before and most of the time there is no reason for it in the first place. I much more appreciate a woman who ages naturally and beautifully than a woman who botoxes (lol, not sure on that word) herself to stay young.

    But seriously, Kim Kardashian? How old is she even and what could she possibly have to hide? Yet another reason so many girls/women are uncomfortable with themselves in my opinion: botoxing to "perfection".

  3. Ugh! Botox? NO. Big NO for me. I can't believe Kim Kardashian has just admitted to using Botox. She's too young to need it! And I can't understand why people feel the need to have their doctors inject toxins in their faces just to make them look younger! (Plastic-y and stiff is more like it)

  4. i would try it, like nihrida said. if its not for you, then its not for you! i think it is interesting that it can be used for other things... injections to block migraines, and in your feet or armpits to prevent sweat! CRAZY

  5. I can see myself getting Botox at some point in my life (not any time soon, lol). I don't see anything wrong with it, I do think it looks awful if it's overdone though. I've also heard that it can help with people who get migraines often, which would be wonderful since I get them quite often. Like I said though, maybe in my 30's or 40's, but definatly not any time soon :)

  6. botox side effects are local and may include:
    -Slight bruising
    - Short-term headache
    - Tenderness at the injection site
    - Temporary ptosis or drooping of the eyelid or the brows

  7. I think the only place I'd 'need' it would be my forehead. And even then, I wear long bangs. But if someone wanted to give me FREE Botox, I'd go for it.

    I don't care one way or another if anyone uses it. If they feel it makes them look better, then go for it.

  8. Nihrida: That's pretty much my views on it, too. It's sad when people have so much cosmetic surgery that they don't look them themselves anymore. But whatever makes you happy.

    Loverlada: The over-botoxed (I'm using your verb haha!) look is NOT a good one. That's what I said when I heard about Kim Kardashian. Personally I think she looks lovely and shouldn't alter her face when she's so young; it seems like that would cause damage in the long run.

    Silver Diva: It is pretty shocking that young people are so apt to have cosmetic surgery. And I mean, it IS a toxin.

    jbrobeck: I've heard that, too! How does it make your armpits not sweat? I vaguely remember hearing that it paralyzes the sweat glands, but that could be completely false.

    Caitlin: I'd never heard it used for migraines until I looked into it. Migraines are terrible; who knows, maybe it will become a popular treatment.

    botox injections: thank you for your insight!

    Kimberly: Free I have heard about people having Botox parties, much like how some people have Tupperware or candle parties!

  9. A prescription to use Botox for hyperhidrosis. Dermatologists have developed a method to inject Botox in the sweat glands to control excessive sweating. Dermatologists inject about 10 to 12 drops of Botox in the sweat glands to block the pores, to help patients with the problem of hyperhidrosis. Thus, Botox can be used to control the problem of hyperhidrosis. But the correct and appropriate use of injections surgery should be performed so that any irritation.

  10. I think Botox is best avoided. There are treatments and creams that give good results.

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