12 November 2008

Botox is one of the most popular treatments amongst me and my friends - and with the rising rates of users around the world it seems we're not the only ones. So imagine my shock when I saw a headline in The Daily Mail yesterday that claimed that it was an anti-wrinkle treatment linked to deaths! I almost choked on my latte.

Of course I knew that I would have heard about this if the claim had been founded, but still I felt the need to seek a little reassurance from my colleagues - it was scary sounding stuff after all.

Luckily everyone had some reassuring things to tell me. Botox (sometimes referred to as Vistabel) has undergone extensive clinical trials, just as you would expect of a treatment like this, and that between 1989 and 2007 there have been over 15 million treatment sessions with few adverse events and no evidence of serious adverse effects. In fact, Botox turns out to be one of the most widely researched medicines in the world.

The company that make Botox say that it has never been detected in the brain of human patients and that the rat study The Daily Mail talks about used a different preparation of the treatment and that the amounts used were a hundred and fifty times higher than the amount you'd use to treat wrinkles in humans.

All I can say is that I'm glad I looked into it and that I found out exactly the kind of things I expected to when I did - it will certainly make it easier for me to sleep tonight. It's lucky for me that all I have to do is knock on someone's door to find out what's going on in the cosmetic surgery world!