Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the US, because each year millions of women and men opt to get botox to smooth away unwanted wrinkles. Despite the popularity of botox, people are still concerned about possible health risks, so first-time users often ask – How safe is botox.
What is botox?
Botox is an injectable drug that is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. It is a brand of botulinum toxin type A, which is a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
Botox injections temporarily block the release of chemical messengers from the nerves to the muscles, and this prevents the injected muscles from contracting. As a result, the related wrinkles soften and this gives the face a refreshed, youthful appearance.
How Safe Is Botox
Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002 as an aesthetic treatment for crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines in adults. Since then it has established itself as a safe, effective injectable treatment.
Although botulinum toxin can cause botulism (a type of food poisoning), botox is a highly diluted form of the toxin and is applied in small doses, so it is considered very safe.
Botox has a very impressive safety record and is safe in both the short and long term, when used in cosmetic dermatology. Patients may experience mild swelling after botox injections, but few adverse side-effects have been reported.
In order to ensure safety, patients should only receive botox from a trained, qualified botox provider.
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