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Mel C doesn't want to get Botox addiction

Written by Editorial Team |Published : April 22, 2014 6:55 PM IST

Mel c singerSinger Mel C says that while she is a Botox fan, she's trying to limit the number of injections she takes as she doesn't want to get addicted to them. The 40-year-old is not against having the injections to get rid of wrinkles, reports

When asked how often she has Botox, the singer said: 'It depends... every couple of months, I only have a little bit... I don't want to get addicted. Surgery is going too far, you see so many people who can't see properly anymore. Not too much, just a little bit here and there.' Mel C has never hidden the fact that she goes through these procedures. The singer wanted to be honest with her fans and said that she doesn't see anything wrong with it. (Read: Botox: Is it really safe?)

'Why not have Botox, it's not permanent. I thought I'd give it a go, I'm not ashamed to say it. I think it's probably quite good to be honest about it, a lot of the images in the public eye are quite unrealistic and it's unhealthy for people to think that's unnatural when it's not,' she said. (Read: Botox better than steroids in easing painful heels?)

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What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin or BOTOX is used in cosmetic and medical procedures. It's commonly known to get rid signs of ageing like wrinkles and lines and has been popularised by celebrities. It is injected into the desired problem area after applying an anaesthetic cream on it. The result is a wrinkle-free face which lasts between three to six months. After that, the procedure needs to be repeated or they become visible again. Extreme use of BOTOX may paralyse the facial muscles restricting their movement.

What many people may not know is that Botox is botulinum toxin which is purified and sterile and is safe to use. Patients who have a broad lower face can narrow it with the use of Botox. Dermatological conditions like hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive sweating), bromhidrosis (fowl-smelling sweat) and open pores can be treated using botox. Even migraines are cured using botox.

It functions as a purified protein, which, once injected into the detrusor muscle, blocks the overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions in the bladder.

It is pertinent to mention here that the effect of Botox in such cases lasts upto 10 months. The injection is at the place of the problem, hence it doesn't affect any other part of the body, and is a non-invasive procedure that doesn't take more than 15 minutes.

Many fear that the treatment will make them look unnatural and that the skin will lose its sensitivity. That only happens when wrong quantities of Botox are used. Hence, using the right amount is the key to looking beautiful. (Read: BOTOX Facts you should know)

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