Are your Age Intervention Tactics Harmful?

Wrinkles on our faces and sagging skin can indeed provoke us to take extreme measures in hopes of stopping the dreaded look of old. Men and women over the age of 25 have become targets for anti-aging products; we are inundated daily with slick, beautiful ads that point out apparent flaws like crow’s feet, droopy features and dry, lined, parched skin. Poring over glossy magazines and watching television ads suggest that our faces are in serious trouble unless we use injections, surgeries, lotions, potions and other expensive modalities. Most skin care and certainly injections that plump and paralyze are laced with lab created chemicals but that may not matter to you if when you look into the mirror and see aging. At that moment you want something done and you want it now. Playing around with injected chemicals sounds scary to me because there is always risk involved using them. Take Botox - it is a toxin so buyers beware! Small injected amounts probably won’t produce immediate negative reactions other than swelling, redness, and tenderness. Prescribed for forehead creases, crow’s feet and other wrinkled areas caused by repetitive movements; Botox injections must be repeated every few months to insure that the muscles remain in a weakened state. Weakness in adjacent muscles has been reported as the toxin can spread inside the body. There can be complications if you choose Botox. According to The New York Times, the FDA warns “that it also is probing reports of illnesses in people of all ages who used the drugs for a variety of conditions, including at least one hospitalization of a woman given Botox for forehead wrinkles.” Uh oh. Knowing that all drugs have side effects, there is a potential of experiencing symptoms related to botulism if you choose this drug. Slurred speech, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing can occur. You should know that there have been spontaneous reports of death after treatment of botulinum toxin. Fillers that plump are also quite popular. The lists of serums offered by Big Pharma grow year after year as scientists strive to provide doctors and their patients anti-aging fixes. Some of these serums such as Bovine Collagen (from cow!) require an allergy test; other serums are deemed to be safe without prior testing.