Are you also so much in love with the idea of looking young and beautiful all the time that you just hate to look at that always tired-looking face in during your pregnancy? So much so that you’re thinking about taking Botox treatment to get back your youthful face? Well, think again! This is not probably the most suitable time to go through the pain of those pricking needles. You should rather enjoy the glow that the most beautiful phase of your life brings naturally to your beautiful face.
What Is Botox Actually?
What comes to your mind first when you hear the term BOTOX; a young, wrinkle-free flawless face? I bet not many of you could have imagined that the word can have anything to do with toxins or bacteria.
But the truth remains that BOTOX is the trade name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox or Clostridium botulinum, if released in large amounts, can be very harmful as it can cause botulism, a type of muscle paralysis. No doubt, you must be thinking that how BOTOX is then associated with youth and beauty treatments; paralysis and beauty don’t match, right?
Every coin has two sides and scientists proved this saying right by discovering a way to use the disadvantage of Botox for human benefits.
How And When:
First discovered by Emile Pierre van Ermengam, a Belgian scientist, during a botulism outbreak in Belgium, botulinum toxin was first isolated in crystalline form by Dr. Edward Schantz in 1940s. But the credit of the path breaking discovery of Botox beauty treatment goes to the monkeys. Yes, you heard it right!
In the 1970s scientists started using botulinum toxin to treat crossed eyes. While testing this treatment on monkeys, researchers found that Botox effectively reduced wrinkles in the skin between the eyebrows and above the nose of those monkeys.
After being successful with the crossed eye treatment, Allergan, an Irish pharmaceutical company licensed the treatment and branded it Botox. In the late 1980s, the FDA flagged it green for a variety of medical and cosmetic uses.
Since then, cosmetic physicians have been rolling in money by using BOTOX as an anti-aging treatment. People happily spend hefty money on Botox treatment to get rid of frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, and axillary hyperhidrosis.
How Botox Works:
First, we need to understand that Botox is not a facial filler; it does not remove wrinkles by filling them. Botox injection actually relaxes the muscles by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles. This does not let the injected muscle to contract as hard and thus causes the wrinkles to soften.
Botox is used to relax and soften the forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, chin, skin bands on the neck, and around the mouth. Though it is not effective on wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity.
Botox And Pregnancy Don’t Go Hand In Hand:
Apparently, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises against Botox during pregnancy, unless it's for a medical reason.
This is because when researchers tested Botox on rodents it led to low birth weight, premature birth, poor development, and stillbirth. Though the research was never conducted on human babies to come to a conclusion the research and some other rare side effects like muscle weakness and problems with breathing and swallowing were enough for doctors to advise against using Botox in pregnancy.
However, a Botox injection in the early months of the first trimester or just before you conceived will not harm your baby because a single injection does not have sufficient Botox that can reach your baby. But you should definitely refrain from getting further Botox treatment.
Botox should also be avoided if you are breastfeeding your baby because just like everything else that you consume, Botox too can pass into your breast milk and reach your baby.
There is nothing wrong in caring about the way you look. No one can deny the fact that looking good gives that extra boost to your self-confidence and if your pocket can afford the cost of Botox treatment, then why not? But pregnancy is definitely not the right time to go for it.
Moreover, the natural hormonal changes during pregnancy bring an unmatched glow to your face which you will not have seen even when you stepped into your sweet sixteen. So it is better to push that Botox idea to the back seat. Enjoy being pregnant and pamper yourself as much as you wish to. Live in the moment, this is your time to smile and shine.