Why you need to say “no” to Botox…

by Belinda on March 3, 2013

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Female Human Face Anatomy

You’re sitting in a fancy waiting room, anxious, nervous and excited. It’s Botox time. You try not to think about needles as you flip through the latest cosmetic surgery magazine. What if something goes wrong? Bruising, a drooping eye, sagging, a lopsided mouth or worse…

“It’s fine; hundreds of women do this every day.”

A nurse that looks like an Allergan advertisement breezily takes you through the ritual of antiseptic, markings and chitchat. You watch her syringe and needle up, then think “happy thoughts” as she jabs your forehead, crows feet, jawline and mouth.  It’s barbaric that you’re voluntary putting yourself through this but it’s worth it.

For days you wait and watch the mirror, hoping that everything will be OK. And maybe this time it is…but something more troubling going on….

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I don’t pull any punches. Today these are facts you need to know and seriously consider about Botox.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for cosmetic use only 12 years ago and the long-term effects are unknown.  But even though Botox is relatively new – we are now starting to see the backlash trickling down from the celebrities who were the first to afford it.  You only have to look at the recent surge of celebrities “quitting” Botox to know something is wrong.

What are the long-term effects of paralyzing your muscles for years at a time with this?

Sure the injections can temporarily smooth out your wrinkles to give you a younger appearance….

But how “young” will you look in ten years time?

Canadian researchers studied the effects of Botox (Botulinum toxin A), on a group of 18 rabbits over a period of up to six months.

Their study, published in the Journal of Biomechanics found limbs which had been injected with the substance experienced muscle wastage of up to 50 per cent.

Alarmingly, they also discovered that muscle loss also occurred in limbs that hadn’t been injected. Suggesting the harmful effects of the procedure could negatively affect other parts of the body.

Botox may be reversing the results of your hard work in the gym.

Not only can Botox cause facial sagging – but it may affect other areas of our body. Imagine being unfit, a little overweight, approaching menopause and you’ve been injecting Botox for years?  It’s not a nice thought.

Think about this.

The youthful firmness of your face is due to it’s underlying muscular layer.

When a muscle is unused for even just a few days, it begins to atrophy — it loses mass and strength which changes its shape. And if the muscles of your face are paralyzed repeatedly for years, what happens?  They weaken and atrophy, creating premature sagging (around the eyes, cheeks and mouth).
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We are already seeing evidence of this in women who’ve been using Botox for years who suddenly look older than their age. But here’s a promising fact that can’t be denied.

The female face has over 42 individual muscles.

Female Human Face Anatomy

And just like any other muscle in the body – if we stimulate our facial muscles with some unique, but gentle, movements – they will become more toned, shapely and lifted. Without the high cost – and without the dangerous risk to your body and health.

By massaging your face and neck using gentle Shiatsu fingertip-pressure you cause 3 powerful things to happen:

A – you help deliver all the new anti-aging nutrients in your blood-stream – directly into all the skin cells that are craving them.

B – you release toxins out of the cells (skin, muscles, fat, etc.), by lymphatic stimulation (it’s the accumulation of toxins that many scientists believe are the number one cause of aging).

C – you stimulate the muscles to become fuller and more ‘toned’ by enhancing neural activity, thus ‘lifting’ the sagging areas of our face, making our skin smoother and firmer.

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Injecting neuro-toxins into your body is becoming less and less a good idea…

Bel xo

 

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Judith November 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

Hi Bel,
I admire that you are saying this Bel – I think being fit, strong and eating a healthy diet with the occasional treat is how you keep your face and body youthful. Healthy nuts and oils in moderation and of course loving your life and those around you. Happiness, joy and interest beams youthfulness and intelligence.
Figure out what is stressing you out and take steps to mitigate or eradicate it from your day to day. Yoga and deep breaths can help :)

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Belinda November 10, 2014 at 12:58 am

Hi Judith, lovely to hear from you :) How are you??

Very wise words indeed… loving life and others is a massive part of inner happiness. And I’m sure we can all think of people who aged 10 years overnight, simply from a stressful divorce, a death in the family or even just a very challenging work situation.

I’ve found that being in touch with our skin through using aromatherapy oils and massage – and our body through exercise (a walk outside, yoga, stretching, Pilates or even dance) – helps release what’s stressing us….and let it go…

Bel xoxo

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