Anti Aging fails – for me, Botox

Botox has been around for years, first medicinally to help those with muscles that have gone into spasm and can’t be released, and then for those who want to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles in the face through repetitive experessions. Like laughter lines, crows feet, 11’s (those vertical lines between the eyebrows) and forehead lines (the corrugator muscle).

And it works! Of course it does! But Botox has decided drawbacks, and for me, an outright fail.


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Years ago, I needed an operation to break and reset my jaw, because of a TMJ problem. The Temperomandibular Joints are what allow the jaw to swing freely and lets you eat for food. Mine were damaged through faulty orthodontic work as a teenager, and never fully recovered even though I’d had several bouts of corrective treatment. So I went for elective surgery and had the jaw broken and reset. So far, so good.

But the dramatic shift in the position of my jaw meant that some of the muscles in my face were stretched, some compressed, and because the surgical changes were permament, I was unable to relax any of the muscles and get some respite. As a result, some of the muscles went into spasm, causing great pain and distorting the face, some pulling so tightly it looked as through someone had dug a groove in my face from under the right eye all the way down and across my cheek to the angle of my jaw. It looked, and felt, terrible. Nothing helped.


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Except Botox.  It relaxed the spasming muscles ok.  But here is where it failed. Some people, and I’m one of them, get flu-like symptoms when they are injected with Botox, and again when it wears off. I’m one of these. And the “flu” lasted about a week. The Botox itself lasted around 3 months. So every 3 months, I had to endure 2 weeks of flu, and all the misery that followed.

It also failed when one of the injections went wrong. I needed 3 units of Botox in my right cheek to relax the spasming muscle. This dropped my face a bit. To match up my face, I needed 1 unit in the left side to marry it up. But on one occasion the skin on my left “blew” leaving me with a permanent blister-like deformity that I have still, years later.

As soon as I could, I stopped the Botox injections. I still get my right cheek muscle going into spasm sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. On balance, it’s not the right treatment for me. We are all individuals.

So Botox was my anti-aging fail. I’m not saying it will be for you, it might work brilliantly for you! But please do be aware of the potential pitfalls of any treatment you have and weight up carefully whether it’s the right thing for you. If you’d like to comment below, either on Botox or any anti-aging fails you’ve experienced yourself, please do !


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All the best, and Happy Anti-Aging!        Kay.

4 Replies to “Anti Aging fails – for me, Botox”

  1. Hi Kay,

    Thanks for sharing your personal story and what happened with you when using Botox.

    Knowing what doesn’t work in treating your diseases & injuries is just as important as knowing what will work. Your article will show other people with problems similar to yours, what might not work, and why it didn’t.

    Hope the different treatments you try now and later will have a more beneficial result in your health and happiness.

    Take care.

    Bob

    1. Thank you Bob, for your kind support! It’s sometimes a little traumatic in putting the negative out there as well as the positive – but to truly help people you have to give a balanced view, right? Cheers, Kay

  2. Dear Kay
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to take towards their healthy living and perfect body. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey

  3. Thank you so much Andrey! Sometimes we all need a little help and guidance – and it feels so nice to be appreciated for extending a helping hand!

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