Are BOTOX Injections Safe?
By Karen Lederman
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the single most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States.
In 2013, over 6 million injections were administered, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
It’s not surprising that the classic wrinkle treatment is so popular–it’s well-known, is offered at an accessible price, and offers quick results with no pain or downtime.
Despite it’s popularity, however, some people are still concerned with the treatment’s safety.
Despite the austere-sounding name, purified botulinum toxin (onabotulinumtoxinA)has been used for years to treat facial wrinkles. It works by partially immobilizing facial muscles to smooth lines caused by repetitive motions, for a period of a few months.
When administered properly, these injections are very safe and typically produces excellent results that keep patients coming back every few months.
Long-Standing Safety Record
It has been used for medical purposes for several decades, and is now used to treat a myriad of problems, from eye spasms to excessive sweating. The rate of extreme side effects has been quite low, making it a great choice for people who are interested in facial rejuvenation but are concerned about safety. These injections are now considered a tried-and-true, safe method for treating wrinkles.
Mild Side Effects
No treatment is free of side effects, and it is no exception. Fortunately, these side effects are generally mild, and many patients experience none at all. Aesthetic side effects may include drooping eyelids, asymmetry, or a crooked smile, but these can largely be avoided by choosing an experienced provider.
Mild side effects can include pain at the injection site, headache, tiredness, neck pain, and dry mouth. Other, more serious potential side effects may include allergic reaction, trouble swallowing, speaking or breathing. These are extremely rare, but should be reported to your doctor at once.
Get Maximum Results
These injections temporarily ease dynamic facial wrinkles for a smooth and attractive appearance. If you would like to give it a try, it’s important to ensure you are getting the real product made by the manufacturer.
Getting your injections at a reputable medical facility like Laser Skin & Wellness will maximize your safety and potential outcome. For more information, contact our offices in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens at (561) 641-9490 to schedule your appointment.
*BOTOX® Cosmetic: © 2014 Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612. ® marks owned by Allergan, Inc.