Turbulent economic times and consumer's penny-pinching habits are leaving the cosmetic surgery industry in a flux, and many consumers are turning to BOTOX and other injectable fillers for a more affordable wrinkle treatment.
However, experts at the Harley Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery center in the United Kingdom claim that more people have been asking for the quick-fix wrinkle solution - even when they don't need it.
Medical News Today sheds some light on the recent phenomena in the United States where women in particular are 'binging' on BOTOX injections, sculpting and tightening up their face in hopes of obtaining the ultimate wrinkle-free look. Unfortunately, too much BOTOX can create a 'frozen' appearance and do more harm than good; frequent BOTOX treatments may even lead to long-term paralysis of the muscles.
Liz Dale, the Directory of the Harley Medical Group explains that:
"Used properly, Botox is a fantastic cosmetic surgery treatment giving smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin. But like with any procedure, it's highly unadvisable to have more done than is necessary. At The Harley Medical Group all Botox treatment are administered by specially trained doctors who will look out for signs of a Botox 'habit' and will advise patients according to their individual needs." (Source: Medical News Today)
Researchers at UCLA have already reported on the emotional impact and ramifications for those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). These people often have a distorted self-image where they only see their flaws. UCLA psychiatrist Jamie Feusner estimates as many as 15 percent of cosmetic surgery patients and 2 percent of the world population suffer from BDD (Source: KNBC.com)
Demand for BOTOX in the U.S. continues to run strong, and the treatment reached the most-sought after treatment list as the top non-invasive procedure in 2007. Still, patients are advised to seek counseling if they are stuck in an addictive cycle of fixing themselves or have become obsessed with getting rid of wrinkles.