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Botox is like having a Manicure? Really?

There was a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald which stated that having fillers and Botox has become as normal as getting a manicure.

Well, not quite.

The essence of the article was to state that our attitudes towards injectables are now so procedural, that it’s comparable to regular, non-invasive beauty procedures.

We get the whole “quirky headline” thing. But seriously, getting Botox and fillers is not like having a manicure.

There has been a general acceptance of cosmetic procedures in recent times especially with this year’s stable of reality shows that have given nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that “everyday feel”.

Having said that, Botox is an S4 restricted, Prescription Only Medicine. It can only be prescribed by a Medical Practitioner (i.e. Dr) after a consultation.

A nurse working under the doctor, can administer the Botox thereafter.

So, what are the risks? Is it really the same risk level as just getting a manicure?

Botox can cause a host of medical conditions including Bell’s Palsy, which can cause one side of the face to “droop”.

Another condition is Guillain–Barre syndrome which encompasses the weakness/paralysis of Bell’s palsy accompanied with infection. It is an auto immune disease.

Treatment is to hand and doctors can recommend steroids, antivirals and other therapies like acupuncture. Nearly all cases recover from these conditions.

Fillers involve injecting a substance known as Hyaluronic acid that plumps/smooths out wrinkles. It can make lips bigger and cheeks more pronounced. It can remove and smooth wrinkles by filling under the creases of visible lines. Fillers usually last from four months to around a year before they are naturally absorbed by the body.

As with Botox, fillers that are injected incorrectly, can cause facial features to distort or swell. For example, “fish lips” is a common problem.

Aside from these aesthetic problems, the biggest problem with fillers is vascular occlusion where the filler has been accidentally injected into or close to, an artery stopping blood flow. As a result, the surrounding flesh begins to die. This condition is called necrosis and can be treated also but needs to be identified early.

So, for the sake of argument, what are the risk with manicure’s? There is certainly infection from tools that have not been sterilised properly. These tools can exacerbate conditions like infection especially given the likelihood of cuts near the cuticle during such a procedure. Anything of this nature, can be cleared up quite quickly and effectively by visiting your local GP.

In summary, yes we get it! Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have become a common staple of many peoples beauty regimes. However, there are still risks and visiting reputable providers is critical for both your Botox and manicures!

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