To Bo or Not to Bo? TOX that is.

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That is the question. Well, one of many.

There’s no way around the fact that maintaining a youthful, en vogue look is time consuming and expensive. Hair extensions, gym memberships, monthly facials, bi-weekly visits to the salon for a mani/pedi, cryotherapy, organic foods all add up! Is botox just another expendable expense?

If you look at celebrities before-and-after photos, you’ll start to realize that prior to botox (among countless other adjustments) they weren’t necessarily “unattractive” but clearly didn’t have the funds at the time to reconstruct their assets (or lack thereof). Now, they’re in the lime light and being beautiful/maintaining their look is part of their job…but what excuse do I have? Exactly, what thrill do the average Joe and Josefina get from injecting this “botulinum toxin”?

The most obvious answer is botox is practically the! And anyway, this is Southern California – who doesn’t want to look great?! The procedure itself doesn’t seem so severe if the results truly reverse the creases your forehead makes when you raise your eyebrows….or the upside-down V shape in between your eyebrows when you frown. Didn’t notice you had those? You will now that I’ve mentioned it!

Vanity aside. Did you know there’s also plenty of FDA approved uses for botox? Maybe you suffer from one of these issues and have tried everything under the sun but botox. Could be worth looking into!

FDA APPROVED:

  • Severe underarm sweating (apparently can also treat overly sweaty hands and feet)
  • Chronic migraine
  • Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
  • Overactive bladder
  • Strabismus (where the eyes do not line up in the same direction)
  • Severe neck spasms
  • Frown lines between the brows
  • Smile lines, Crow’s feet, sagging jawlines, jowls, deep neck wrinkles (had to throw these in as a reminder 🙂

NOT FDA APPROVED:

  • Depression
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Severely cold hands
  • Painful sex (for women due to muscle spasms on their pelvic floor)

Source: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/103000s5232lbl.pdf

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