Thinking about getting botox? Botox is a quick treatment that is relatively affordable, so it’s accessible to many people.  Although botox is such a popular aesthetic treatment, people still have a lot of questions about it, since its derived from a dangerous substance.  So how safe is botox.  

Benefits of botox

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that develop as a result of repeated muscle contractions, when making expressions such as squinting, frowning, and smiling.  It is therefore the ideal solution for reducing horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows.  Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles.   The effects last 3-4 months.  

How safe is botox

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism (type of food poisoning).  Botulinum toxin can be poisonous in its pure state, but botox is made from highly diluted amounts of the toxin, and is injected in very small doses.

There may be slight swelling and bruising at the injection site after botox treatment, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few hours.  Therefore, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. 

Botox has been evaluated and approved by the FDA, and has a very safe history.  Millions of people in the US have been treated with botox since it gained FDA approval in 2002, and few adverse effects or complications have been reported. 

Botox is therefore very safe, as long as it is administered by a qualified, experienced medical professional, preferably a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  

Would you like to learn more about botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Duluth area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth, MN is our featured practice.

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