How Safe is Botox

If you would like to erase forehead wrinkles, botox is the obvious choice, because it is the number one non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatment on the market. Nevertheless, potential clients are often concerned about the safety of botox, because it is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism, (a type of food poisoning).

How Safe is Botox

Botox is generally considered safe, as long as it is administered by a qualified, experienced health care professional, preferably a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This is essential, because botox can be harmful if it’s given incorrectly (learn more).

Medical experts agree that since botox is injected in such small amounts when used to smooth facial wrinkles, there is a very low risk of complications. In addition, botox for wrinkles is made from highly diluted quantities of botulinum toxin, and this also reduces possible risks.

Since gaining FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002, botox has developed an impressive safety record, as very few adverse side effects have been reported. However, botox does have potential risks and side-effects, so patients are advised to discuss these with their botox provider before undergoing treatment.

How Botox Works

Botox works by temporarily blocking chemical signals from the nerves, which cause the muscles to contract. This action prevents the injected muscles from contracting, and as they relax, the overlying wrinkles soften and become less noticeable over time. Botox starts to work about 3-4 days after treatment, and typically lasts an average of 3 months.

Botox is also used to treat other medical conditions such as excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and overactive bladder.

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