There are a number of treatment options for the face that involve injecting foreign subjects into the skin. The most prevalent one of these is called Botox, which is a portmanteau of Botulinum Toxin. Botulinum toxin is a bye-product of the botulism bacterium, and in its uncontrolled form is quite deadly. It is usually the culprit when food goods are improperly canned. Botox is a sterilized form of the botulinum toxin that is injected into the face to paralyze facial muscles. This has a dramatic impact on the appearance of the face significantly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The potential complications from botox are legion; bruising (far more significant than the bruising that can occur from our facial rejuvenation acupuncture), leakage of the toxin which spreads it to adjacent muscles causing weakness, drooping eyelids, diminished ability to make facial expressions, decreased blinking which can lead to dryness of the eyes, and double vision. Facial asymmetry is another incredibly rare complication. Another issue with botox is that repeated exposure can cause facial muscular atrophy. A more insidious concern is that a significant amount of human communication is nonverbal. As a species we communicate a lot with our facial expressions, anything that limits our ability to fully express ourselves, negatively impacts our quality of life.
Likewise, Botox is expensive, the average cost of a Botox procedure in in Seattle is $400*, and the procedure needs to be repeated every 3-6 months depending on how quickly it is metabolized.
Many people have a concern about various toxins both from our environment, and our food finding their way into our bodies. With my tongue somewhat in my cheek, I would just like to point out that the tox half of Botox is a contraction of toxin.
Let’s compare Botox with our Mei Zen facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Botox will deliver powerful results, quickly, with significantly greater risk of complication. Mei Zen facial rejuvenation acupuncture will not yield the dramatic results Botox will, however, you will generally feel healthier, retain full control of your facial expressions, and will look fantastic, albeit in a subtler way. Botox can’t be used on your neck, unlike the Mei Zen neck protocol. The other principle advantage of Mei Zen is that the effects last significantly longer, mostly because Mei Zen encourages you to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Our facial rejuvenation acupuncture will make you proud to tell people your age.
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