Botox and/or dermal fillers vs Microcurrent

Have you been considering Botox or dermal fillers but a little voice has been telling you not to? But you still want to wipe some of those lines off your dial? To look lifted and toned? Not many of us want to look older than our biological age and when you've achieved looking younger completely naturally, it's a good sign that you've turned down your internal inflammation. Winning!!

I've curated the following blog based on a couple of other great blogs on the topic and a video Dr Eric Berg recently released. Link to original blogs in the reference list below. 

Keen to decide once and for all that Botox isn't in your best long-term interest? Read on my friend!

What is Botox?

Botox is the injection of a purified form of botulinum toxin A that temporarily paralyses the facial muscles to reveal smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Within 24-48 hours, Botox sets in and begins to relax the facial muscles. It can take a full week until you see the full benefit from the injection.

Botox can be injected in the brow furrow (our beautiful 11’s that make us look angry), forehead, lips and around the eyes.

This popular service is performed by doctors, dentists, nurses and nurse practitioners. Botox is charged per unit and depending on how many areas you treat, the cost can be high.

Typically, most clients get Botox injections every 3-4 months to maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.

What are the benefits to Botox?

When administered correctly, Botox can smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the brows, forehead, eyes and even lines around the mouth. Botox is also known for reducing migraines, excessive sweating and eye spasms.

Clients can schedule their injections on their lunch break and be back to work within 30-minutes.

Clients receive the benefits of smooth skin, they look youthful and feel more confident because their wrinkles are gone.

What are the negative effects of Botox?

Botox is coming down in price, but can be expensive, especially if you are going for injections every 3-4 months and have multiple areas injected each time.

Post-injection bruising can occur and unless you are good with makeup, it can be difficult to hide the bumps and bruising at the injection site. Some clients report that their injections are painful, swollen and may bleed for a while post-injection.

Many clients may have an allergic reaction at the injection site as well as other areas of the face or body, depending on how sensitive that client is. These symptoms include itching, wheezing, asthma-like symptoms, rash, welts, excessive muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, dizziness or flu-like symptoms.

Some other reactions that can occur from Botox include drooping of the eyelids, inflammation of the cornea, dry eyes or itchy eyes, eye irritation or even increased sensitivity to light.

This botulinum bacteria is a neurotoxin. In fact, it’s one of the most poisonous toxins known. According to Dr Eric Berg, just 1 gram of this stuff could kill 1 million people!!!!

Whilst Botox is generally considered safe, from 1989-2003 the FDA reported:

~ 1437 adverse events 

~ 217 serious effects 

~ 28 deaths 

Studies show botox injections impact the brain

Although millions of people receive Botox injections to reduce the lines associated with natural ageing, multiple studies suggest these seemingly harmless wrinkle-reducing shots may impact brain health.

For instance, some research shows Botox manages to make its way into the central nervous system.

Additionally, studies on rats found that when the active ingredient in Botox was injected into one side of the brain it could be found on the opposite side of the brain. Even Botox injected into the rats’ whiskers showed up in the brain.

Although these studies used more potent, purified forms of the toxin and not the diluted form found in the cosmetic injections, its ability to travel into the nervous system raises concerns nevertheless.

Botox affects brain signals from hands

A Swiss study on humans also found Botox affects the areas of the brain associated with the hands. This is because the face and the hands occupy areas of the brain that neighbour one another. The researchers found that the paralysing effect of Botox on the face inhibited sensory input to the brain in this area, thus altering brain mapping of the hands.

Researchers theorised that loss of movement in the face caused by Botox injections could affect touch sensation in both hands. They called for further studies to determine whether Botox also affects other parts of the body.

Botox impacts the brain’s ability to read facial expressions

The human brain is highly adept at reading and responding to facial expressions — it is primary to how we communicate. We instinctively mimic facial expressions in one another as a way to understand, communicate, and empathise. However, Botox erases this vital aspect of communication by paralysing facial muscles. Researchers believe this inhibits the person’s ability to interpret the emotions of others through their facial cues.

In fact, a study in 2011 found subjects with Botox injections were less able to read the emotions of others compared to those who had received different types of fillers for wrinkle reduction. Additional research suggests Botox also makes it more difficult for a person to feel their own emotions.

In other words, Botox injections can hinder the ability to empathise, read emotions in other people, and even feel your own emotions.

Other cosmetic fillers also potentially problematic for the brain

Fillers other than Botox used to reduce the signs of ageing have risks as well. For instance, some people have reported that filler injections blocked blood flow to their eyes and caused blindness. There have been about 50 reports of this happening.

Although it’s rare, fillers can also get into an artery that feeds the brain, thus causing a stroke. Four reports of this happening have been reported.

Compared to the millions of people who use fillers this means these complications are pretty rare, but users should be aware of the potential risks.

Complaint reports about Botox and fillers are common

Given the popularity and easy access to Botox and fillers, more studies should be done to evaluate their safety. As for now, anecdotal reports on beauty forums, reported complaints, and lawsuits paint a frightening picture the average person isn’t aware of.

For example, some Botox users claim they suffered from devastating brain injury, chronic pain, double vision, and difficulty breathing after receiving Botox injections.

Additional complaints on online forums include drooping eyes and eyebrows, intense pain and headaches, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, and more.

The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen found Botox was linked to 180 life-threatening conditions, 87 hospitalisations, and 16 deaths during a 10-year period. Because Botox doesn’t have much regulation, it is believed harmful side effects go largely under reported.

Other adverse side effects from Botox that have been reported include difficulty swallowing, respiratory compromise, generalised muscle weakness, a drooping eyelid, pseudoaneurysm of the frontal branch of the temporal artery, flesh-eating disease, sarcoidal granuloma, Fournier gangrene, and abnormal curvature of the spine in the neck, and death from anaphylactic shock. 

Think about it, Botox is a toxin that comes from botulinum. 1 gram can kill a million people. Is this poison something that you really want to be injecting into your body? Are the side effects worth it?

Our bodies create antibodies to Botox. Our extremely smart bodies have a strong immune system and anytime a foreign invader enters our body, our immune system has to work hard to remove that invader.

Botox is a toxin and our bodies will eventually fight it. This is why many people eventually have to either go more frequently for injections or they seek alternative options because their Botox injections no longer work like they used to.

There just isn’t enough research to support long-term side effects of regular Botox injections. And as someone who has an an autoimmune condition, putting any extra toxic burdens on my compromised system unnecessarily, just isn’t an option.

Starting to realise you've made a very wise decision to not get Botox or dermal fillers?? But you still want a solution that is effective with zero side effect. Am I right? If so, read on to learn about microcurrent facial rejuvenation.

What is Microcurrent?

Microcurrent is a holistic facial treatment that works with your body’s energy to tighten your facial muscles; revealing tighter skin, less wrinkles and a smoother, lifted appearance.

Microcurrent uses low-level current, that mimics the body’s own energy, giving you the appearance of a face-lift without the risk of surgery or the stress of having down time.

Microcurrent treats the full face and neck and sessions are done in a weekly series of 6-12 treatments to achieve the look you desire.

Once the initial weekly treatments are complete, you then schedule monthly/bi-monthly maintenance appointments to maintain the results you’ve worked hard to achieve.

What are the benefits to Microcurrent?

Microcurrent sends low-levels of electrical current into the skin. These currents are identical to the energy in our body. By working at the cellular level, microcurrent increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate), otherwise known as the energy center in our cells and the fuel for our bodies.

In other words, Microcurrent is like going to the gym, but for your facial muscles. As we age, our facial muscles sag, losing collagen & elastin. Microcurrent re-educates the facial muscles to tighten, thus resulting in tighter skin and smoother skin.

You can even still move your face in all the expressions you want and have no limited mobility in any of your facial muscles.

Microcurrent is a natural, safe, non-invasive way to prevent deeper wrinkles and sagging skin from occurring. Microcurrent is even something you can do a few days before an important event to look amazing.

What are the negative effects of Microcurrent?

Some clients don’t see the results quickly, like they would with Botox. It’s true; Microcurrent DOES show results after 1 treatment, however, in order for those results to last, you must do a minimum of 6-12 treatments, with regular top-up treatments, in order to achieve long-lasting results.

Are you ready to find out if our microcurrent facial rejuvenation treatment, a natural alternative to Botox and dermal fillers, is right for you? If so, head here to book or contact me directly. I'm conveniently located in Burswood, Perth, Western Australia.

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  1. Vicki thanks for such an interesting and well referenced article. As you mention botox is coming down in price and is unfortunately becoming mainstream.
    Do you know know how long it takes for botox to be fully removed from the body? And does the body have the capacity to process and remove all traces?
    Vicki Clifford AUTHOR  07/14/2021 10:30 AM Central
    Hi Tracey! Thanks so much for reading the article and you've raised some very interesting points. There are some vary varied opinions on how long botox stays within the body. Anywhere from 3 - 12 months. Botox is excreted via the liver and kidneys which therefore means it's yet another toxin added to the toxin burden that the liver and kidneys are already under. If the body decides that it's a difficult toxin to excrete and requires a high amount of glutathione to detox it from the body then it could stay in the body for some time. So depending on an individuals physiology and current health state/glutathione levels etc, as to if/when botox will be fully excreted. I hope that answers your question. Vic xx
  2. Leah Beekwilder  07/13/2022 05:00 AM Central
    wow thanks for this informative material xo
    Vicki Clifford AUTHOR  07/14/2022 05:56 AM Central
    Thanks so much for reading Leah!! xx

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