Q. I am getting married next year and want to get Botox treatments but my mom tells me they are dangerous? What exactly is Botox and is it dangerous? Do you know of any other way to get rid of tiny wrinkles and laugh lines?
One of the most popular and effective beauty treatments on the market today is Botox, a substance that when injected into the muscles near the site of fine lines and wrinkles will make the area smooth. Since approved for cosmetic purposes in 2002, millions of women and men have received Botox treatments.
A Stem cell cream like Luminesce is an alternative to Botox when it comes to making lines and wrinkles disappear. Adult stem cells are used to create growth factors in a special stem cell serum, after which the stem cells are discarded. The resulting stem cell cream, Luminesce, contains peptides and proteins that stimulate the body to produce collagen, elastin and other substances that keep the skin youthful and soft.
Botox is made from botulism, virulent bacteria that cause food poisoning that can be very serious and even fatal. In the doses it is used in cosmetic procedures, however, it is not harmful. It blocks the messages sent from the brain to the facial muscles and effectively paralyzes the site into which it is injected. Crow’s feet around the eyes will disappear because there is no communication to tell the skin to contract. Botox is injected into the muscles around the eyes, in the forehead and other places where wrinkles and lines tend to form.
Each Botox treatment’s results last 3-4 months and sometimes takes up to a week to produce results. It can cost $165-$600 depending on where it’s injected and how much Botox is used. A large area like the forehead can run as high as $900. Each unit of Botox averages $9-$18 in cost.
Botox does have side effects but they are relatively rare. These can include infection, nausea, flu type symptoms, redness at injection sites and muscle weakness.
On the other hand, when you use a stem cell serum like Luminesce that takes advantage of stem cell technology to help your facial tissues renew themselves, you simplify your life. You are applying a natural substance on your face and stimulating the production of your body’s natural cell regeneration process. Applied twice a day, Luminesce doesn’t involve going to a doctor’s office, having your muscles paralyzed, paying costly fees or risking side effects.
The process you use to treat fine lines and wrinkles is a highly personal choice and depends on your financial health as well as how much time you’re willing to spend on it. You can apply a stem cell cream twice a day or pay for injections 3-4 times per year; the results produced by the two products are very similar.
To learn more about the Luminesce line of anti-aging products you can visit their website Jeunesse