cosmetic surgeon giving face lifting injectionCosmetic medical treatments are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. Everyone wants to be rid of their wrinkles, fine lines and other unsightly marks but what are the risks associated with Botox?

Botox is the brand name of the chemical botulinum toxin which is generally found in forest soil, streams and coastal waters. This bacteria is nature itself is harmless but if cells begin to rapidly reproduce, the bacteria may cause botulism. Botulism is a serious illness that eventually leads to paralysis of the body, respiratory failure and even death. Botox is a very concentrated version of the chemical and is injected into the target area in small amounts.

Botulism is a serious but rather rare side effect of Botox. There are more common but less serious side effects of the Botox injections such as bruising, swelling and redness around the injection site. This can be caused by the combination of the botulinum toxin and the needle. Other side effects include headache, nausea, and indigestion. For some, the side effects may outweigh the benefits of Botox injections. Fortunately, there are other viable options for those who want to reduce wrinkles without the toxins and potential negative side effects.

A non-surgical and painless alternative to Botox is the Acu-Lift. Acu-Lift is a revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. It is often referred to as an “Acupuncture Facelift”, yet it is more than a cosmetic facelift procedure. Acu-Lift works to diminish the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scar treatment, stretch mark removal, hair loss, tightening loose skin, and cellulite treatment.

Unlike Botox and chemical peels, which sometimes result in harsh skin peeling and redness, Acu-Lift users report no pain or downtime. Acu-Lift, uses extremely fine micro needles that penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Studies show that using the AcuLift may increase absorption of skin care products up to 200%, and increase collagen production up to 1,000%. After just a few treatments, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated, deeper wrinkles faded, bags under the eyes reduced, droopy eyelids lifted, and double chins minimized.

If you are considering Botox injections, consider also the risks associated with them and other holistic , anti-aging alternatives to this cosmetic procedure. To read more about Whole Body Health’s Acu-Lift procedure, visit