Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
- Posted on: Aug 29 2014
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable comprised of Botulinum toxin intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic is most often used to treat horizontal worry lines in the forehead, crow’s feet (wrinkles that form at the outer corners of the eye that are more noticeable when smiling) and frown lines (lines that extend from the outside corners of the nose pat the corners of the mouth). All over the world, people get BOTOX Cosmetic injections to improve their appearances, but some are fearful that if BOTOX is comprised of a toxin, it may not be safe. To follow are some facts about BOTOX® and why it is considered safe for most patients.
What can BOTOX Cosmetic be used to treat?
BOTOX was originally approved by the FDA to treat eye spasms, but it was soon recognized for its cosmetic value, and was approved a few years later to counteract the effects aging has on the skin and facial appearance.
How does BOTOX Cosmetic make wrinkles disappear?
Where injected, BOTOX temporarily paralyzes muscles. Wrinkles are the surface result of muscles that are contracted, when BOTOX is injected, the muscle can no longer contract thus making superficial wrinkles seemingly disappear.
How old do you have to be to get BOTOX Cosmetic treatments?
The FDA states that anyone over 18 years of age who is in good physical health, who is not pregnant or nursing can receive BOTOX injections. It is important that patients are non-smokers and have realistic expectations for what the treatment can do for them.
What type of professionals can offer BOTOX Cosmetic injections?
BOTOX can be administered by any health care professional, including nurses under the supervision of a physician. Medically, “supervision” by a physician indicates that a medical doctor is on-premise, not necessarily overseeing the injection. It is recommended that patients interested in BOTOX Cosmetic consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for cosmetic injections because they are the medical professionals who will have the most training and experience with the product and its effects.
What are the risks and side effects associated with BOTOX Cosmetic?
The associated risks of BOTOX Cosmetic are minimal and rare. Some patients experience bruising, swelling, bleeding or uneven results at the injection site. The most extreme and rare reactions include the injection spreading past its intended area, resulting in temporary paralysis of another muscle.
BOTOX® Cosmetic in Greer and Spartanburg
To learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectables that we offer, please contact Dr. Orseck online to schedule an appointment. Our office in Spartanburg, SC can be reached at 864-560-6717, while our office in Greer, SC can be reached at 864-849-9330. We look forward to hearing from you!