Botox addiction19th September 2006
Research has found that Botox treatment may be addictive.
Doctors found 40% of patients using Botox, used to get rid of wrinkles, expressed a compulsive desire for further treatments. The effects of the treatment wears off after four to six months.
During 2005 there was a 50% increase in the number of people treated with Botox injections in the UK, with an estimated 100,000 treatments now given in Britain each year.
The study was carried out by the consultant plastic surgeon Martin Kelly, of London Plastic Surgery Associates, and Dr Carter Singh, who has a degree in psychology and is based at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. They compared Botox users to people who used less invasive beauty treatments, in a survey of clients at 81 clinics.
The researchers found that nearly 50% of those who used Botox expressed anger at people criticising them for its use; over 50% of those who use Botox expressed a lack of control over the natural ageing process and over 40% expressed a compulsive motive for using Botox repetitively. Fifty per cent of people using Botox reported actually "feeling" younger, rather than just looking younger.
Botox users seemed to have a greater concern about the ageing process, and their inability to control it, said Dr Singh.
Botox is a highly purified and much diluted form of the botulism bacterium, which blocks the transmission of acetylcholine from the nerves to the muscle. When the flow of acetylcholine is blocked or significantly reduced, the muscle relaxes, smoothing out areas of wrinkles.
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Wednesday 20th September 2006 @ 3:39
Perhaps the figures presented reflect the fact that Botox wears off after 4-5 months and the procedure needs to be repeated.
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