Welcome to a site of “ideas in motion”, ideas that are not paralyzed within the boundaries of standardized and misleading communication. A movement of thinking made up of persons, specialists and common people, gathered by the will to spread and share knowledge and experiences about the use of the Botulinum toxin.
Botox: why worth talking about?
First of all, “not to risk one’s skin” but also because “the game would not be worth the candle” anyway.
Let me explain: I’ve been a dermatologist for more than 25 years. As a “skin doctor” I treat pathologies and imperfections in order to re-establish skin health and well-being. This goal should never be forgotten, even in case of “simple” aesthetic treatments, especially the so-called “little injections”. Just like those (insidious) botox injections used to paralyze mimic muscles responsible for wrinkling and considered as medical devices “free from any serious risk” (not by everyone, fortunately). So here is the point. The risks connected to the side effects of a neurotoxin that paralyzes muscles should be fully faced knowing that certain diseases may benefit from its use.
In medicine the “Botulinum A Toxin” is employed to treat important pathologies that affect patients’ quality of life in a really serious way. This toxin is also suitable to treat problems of neurological origin, for example spasmodic torcicollis or writer’s cramps, or ophthalmic pathologies such as blepharospasm (i.e. unintentional closing of the eyelids), strabismus and even dermatological problems such as hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating of armpits, hands and feet).
Nevertheless, I think that using a toxin which paralyzes muscles in order to eliminate wrinkles is nonsense. My position is based on the finding that this toxin can spread out far from the point of injection. This possibility is mentioned in information leaflets contained in the medicine box and is confirmed by recent studies, among which the research carried out by prof. Matteo Caleo, researcher at the Neuroscience Institute of the National Research Center based in Pisa. But this is just a drop in the bucket …. While experts recognize that the Botulinum toxin may have side effects just like any other drug (about which patients should be correctly informed by doctors before use), information on its (real) effects remain inadequate to let us decide if we are ready to have it injected so as to eliminate the passing of time. Many American sites (such as for example www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov – www.dermatologytimes.com) report bad experiences of botox fanatics. Many patients don’t like themselves after injections or don’t recognize themselves: unnatural faces, unmoving brows, disarming exhibitions of aesthetic hebetude. Our site has been conceived exactly to give voice to those who think it is inadmissible to risk one’s skin or to sacrifice the expressiveness of one’s face to obtain totally illusory beauty. Because here is the truth, only “true beauty” can move our emotions, no matter and no difference if we meet it in a work of art or in a woman: beauty moves our soul.
A desirable (and healthy) act of consciousness
Facial-gymnastic, better nutrition, absorbable fillers, that is natural filling substances: here are healthy ways to intervene on one’s aspect. Because questioning the aesthetic use of botox, means to talk about health. In fact, as demonstrated by different scientific studies, this toxin can spread far from the injection site, and the Botulinum does not move along blood vessels if they have been contaminated by mistake during the injection, but along nerves thus reaching the brain. Although the dosage employed in aesthetic medicine is very low, nobody has been able to quantify up to now how much of the substance really arrives to the brain and to which concentration it may turn out to be harmful: a paralyzing idea by itself…
But that’s not all. Even “botox-addicted”, people affected by an obsessive need to eliminate their wrinkles through botox injections every six months – which is the duration time of the lifting effect caused by the neurotoxin – begin to reflect. When people suddenly realize that their face has been transformed into a flat, planed, homologated mask, when their expressiveness has vanished and it is increasingly difficult, if not impossible for them, to transmit their sincere emotions, like revealing one’s sorrow by frowning one’s brow or expressing one’s tenderness by raising an eyebrow, well who may say it makes no difference? And that’s not all. Recent psychological studies reveal that botox, by altering and flattening the facial mimics, affects empathy, a peculiar feature of emotional intelligence, which is important in social relations. A lack of empathy may jeopardize relations and cooperation between human beings.
Don’t you think it is enough? To tell this with Philosopher James Hillman’s words, time has come to become aware that now (more than ever) this “shall not only mean to become aware of our feelings and memories, but most of all to awake our personal responses to beauty and ugliness”. There is a lot at stake when dealing with beauty: it means reflecting on a pacified relation with one’s own image which brings to smoothness, naturalness and authenticity. In few words to the “authentic beauty” arising from the awareness of our uniqueness, from our capability to be in touch with our inner world, to let our values and hopes come to surface. And once more without forgetting that authentic beauty doesn’t mean untidiness and dowdiness, but rather self-expression and self-care.
Allowing oneself to feel beautiful by freely expressing one’s peculiar beauty, far beyond prevailing trends and empty clichés, means to pursue “sustainable beauty” which puts forward a system of values inspired by personal intelligence, thought and identity. “Beauty-full-being” isn’t the result of a miraculous or one shot operation but rather a creative and constructive process constantly involving our mind and body, rationality and emotions. So in the aesthetic domain, priorities should be inverted and the health of skin should come first. And it is well known that only healthy skin can be considered as really beautiful.