You most likely know Botox as the most popular and commercially available injectable treatment for reducing moderate to severe wrinkles. There are many opinions about Botox, many of which are inaccurate or based on misinformation. The fact that Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin is often a subject of concern for those considering a procedure.
It’s very easy to hear jokes about toxins or discussions of side-effects related to Botox, but it’s important to know the facts. Botox is actually a purified version of the protein used in very small doses for a number of cosmetic and medical reasons. In controlled doses, the injectable treatment can be used for a number of spasmodic disorders, chronic migraines, and even excessive sweating. It is approved by the FDA and has undergone extensive medical testing for many years.
Perhaps one of the most frightening discussions around Botox is that it is potentially dangerous and can result in complications. This is a completely understandable concern, and several studies have been conducted to determine the safety of the drug. It’s always important to understand the potential side effects of any substance you’re using on your body, and we encourage all our patients to read available materials about the injectables we use.
In the end, however, the answer to the question is that Botox is absolutely safe for cosmetic use. The doses are so low and the injections so tiny that the effects are easily manageable. Several million procedures have been performed in the United States and it remains the most well-known physician-administered cosmetic procedures for the past several years. At least 97% of Botox patients are satisfied with the results of their procedures.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about Botox as well as skin tightening procedures, we are always happy to answer. You can contact us at 415-945-9314 for a consultation or to set an appointment.