Teens and Botox®: Your responses

After reading an article on MSNBC.com, I had posed a question on Facebook and Twitter regarding teens getting Botox® injections and asked what my readers thought of the idea. The results were overwhelmingly against it and many stood strongly next to their opinions. Others fared towards the middle and said that they wouldn’t be opposed to it but do not think that it is necessary. I would like to hear from parents who take their child with them to have Botox® injections or why they support the idea. If there are any parents out there who have taken or take their teen to receive Botox® injections, please send me an email at sugarlipslifesyletips@gmail.com or comment on my Facebook page (www.sugarlipslifestyletips.com). I would love to hear form my readers regarding their opinions on the subject.

What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a trade name. The product that this name represents is a substance known as OnabotulinumtoxinA injection pronounced o na bott’ you lye num tox in eh. (1) It is a botulinium toxin (BoNT). BoNT is broken into seven neurotoxins one of which is type A as noted above. Types A, B, E and rarely F, causes human botulism. (3)

What Is Botox® Used For?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, OnabotulinumtoxinA injection is also used to for uncontrollable tightening of the muscles and excessive sweating. (1) As most of you know, it is also used for treating fine lines and wrinkles in the face.

Side Effects Of Botox®

According to the FDA, “symptoms such as unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids may occur.”(2)

Resources:

(1) National Center for Biotechnology Information. OnabotulinumtoxinA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000440
(2) Food and Drug Administration.
Information for Healthcare Professionals: OnabotulinumtoxinA (marketed as Botox/Botox Cosmetic), AbobotulinumtoxinA (marketed as Dysport) and RimabotulinumtoxinB (marketed as Myobloc). http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/DrugSafetyInformationforHeathcareProfessionals/ucm174949.htm
(3) Divakara Kedlaya. Botulinium Toxin, Overview. June 4, 2008. COhttp://emedicine.medscape.com/article/325451-overview

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