Botox is a protein taken from the toxin botulism. Put simply, it is poison. Botulism is a form of food poisoning that is caused by a neurotoxin like Botulinum toxin A. The most serious symptom associated with botulism is paralysis. This can have deadly implications on a person’s ability to breathe.
How could a poison ever be useful? Botox injections have become a popular cosmetic procedure seen as a less invasive alternative to a face lift. When used for this purpose, an extremely low dose of the Botox is injected into the face, at the areas of wrinkling.
Patients who undergo Botox injections can be left with a semi-permanent surprised look on their face or appear to have a permanent frown. This is due to the numbing effect the Botox has on the facial muscles. General side effects include rash, flu-like symptoms, bruising, and dizziness. A drooping brow, difficulty in completely closing the eye, and overflow of tears can occur at the site of injection.
In early 2008 the Food and Drug Administration released a statement detailing a wide range of doses of Botox that have been linked to adverse reactions, including respiratory failure and death. These were likely to have been caused by the spread of Botox to areas distant from the site of injection.
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious illness or adverse reaction to a cosmetic Botox injection, you have the right to hold the medical practitioner or pharmaceutical company responsible.
Contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation.