Stars Trying to Freeze Time
Botox: Frozen by Choice
Frozen isn’t only the name of that favoured animated film, it now seems to be the default setting for the facial features of celebrities. Gwen Stefani is the latest in a long recent line of stars with frozen faces. For stars like Uma Thurman and Renee Zellwegger determined to defy the ageing process, a botox or dermal filler injection is the anti-ageing treatment of choice.
But is it the best choice for anyone?
When we researched the possible side effects of botox injections on the website of Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors we were horrified at the risks these stars at taking in their efforts to always look young. Botox may help them look youthful when it goes right but when it goes wrong, the consequences are far more destructive than the sort of frozen face these stars exhibit.
Name your Poison
Having a botox injection is pumping poison into your body. Botulinum neurotoxin or botox is a highly poisonous substance in its purest state.
However the muscle paralyzing feature of botulinum toxin is used every day in cosmetic clinics across the UK. Botox temporarily improves facial or neck appearance by stopping muscle contraction which helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox Could Not be More Popular in the UK
Amazingly there are more than one million Botox treatments performed each and every year in the UK. On https://www.cosmeticsurgerysolicitors.co.uk we saw that the popularity of Botox injections is such that the UK cosmetic Botox market is worth more than £18 million a year while the global market is forecast to reach £1.8 billion by 2018.
And yet this huge popularity has brought with it a host of problems.
Botox Completely Unregulated
Botox treatments are frequently carried out by cosmetic practitioners with very little clinical training or experience.
In addition, these dermal filler injections are almost entirely unregulated and subject to ‘no more controls than a bottle of floor cleaner’ according to a report produced by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England.
While the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPs), the largest industry body for cosmetic surgeons, has admitted that their members are dealing with a rising number of problems arising from dermal fillers gone wrong. More than 80 percent of permanent dermal filler procedures required corrective surgery or were deemed untreatable due to bad dermal fillers while they also found that 70 per cent of cosmetic surgeons have seen patients with complications from temporary dermal fillers in the last year alone.
But what can happen when a Botox injection goes wrong?
When Botox Goes Wrong
In most cases, botox injections work perfectly well and the desired outcome is achieved for the cosmetic surgery patient.
However dermal fillers or botox negligence is all too common because of substandard cosmetic treatment and when dermal fillers go wrong, the problems that can result from the cosmetic negligence can be extremely distressing. They can include:
- Paralysis of your facial and bodily muscles
- Facial disfigurement
- Blurred or impaired vision or even blindness in extreme cases
- Pronounced facial swelling
- Difficulty with breathing
- Difficulty with eating
- Necrosis (the skin dying)
- Gross infection
If you have any questions about botox or dermal filler treatments, check out Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors guide to plastic surgery negligence at https://www.cosmeticsurgerysolicitors.co.uk