Is Botox Safe?

If you need to get rid of forehead lines or crow’s feet, botox is certainly an excellent choice. Botox is considered a wonder treatment for dynamic wrinkles, so it’s become a popular anti-aging solution. Despite this, people considering the procedure typically have questions about the safety of botox because it’s derived from a toxin.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox or botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin that comes from the bacterium clostridium botulinum, which can be dangerous in high doses because it is known to cause botulism (a type of food poisoning). However, botox is safe when administered in tiny doses for cosmetic purposes. Botox is also used to safely treat medical conditions such as excessive underarm sweating, overactive bladder, and lazy eye.

Botox is an FDA approved treatment with an excellent safety profile and is safe for both short term and long-term use. Botox works by blocking chemical signals from the nerves that cause the muscles to contract. This causes the muscles to relax, and reduces the appearance of the overlying wrinkles.

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are side-effects associated with the use of botox, so patients should ask their provider about these before undergoing treatment.

When botox is injected in the recommended doses by a trained, experienced medical professional, there are very few side-effects.
The wrinkle-reducing effects of botox are temporary and typically last 3-4 months.

Who Should Not Get Botox?

Botox is cleared for use by healthy men and women between 18-65 years of age. However, it is not recommended for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people with neurological or muscular disorders and other underlying medical conditions. Also, botox should not be received by people that have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.

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If you are in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas, The Langdon Center is our featured practice.

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