Botox (the brand name of a substance called botulinium toxin) is an injectable neurotoxin designed to temporarily paralyze muscles at the injection site, releasing deep wrinkles and smoothing the skin. It’s no wonder that people wonder whether Botox is a safe treatment for facial lines and wrinkles.
While the name “toxin” may scare some users, Botox – when performed correctly by a trained medical professional – is safe for both your skin and your body. The drug has been approved by the FDA to treat a number of medical conditions beyond wrinkles, including migraines, severe sweating (hyperhydrosis), cervical distonia (a condition causing spasms of the neck muscles), eyelid spasms, and strabismus (crossed eyes). Discomfort is minimal, and the proper medical training and experience performing delicate injections makes the treatment safe for patients.
Potential Side Effects of Botox
Like any drug, Botox carries the risk of a few potential side effects.
- Allergic reaction
- Skin irritations
- Temporary bruising, swelling, or unevenness at the injection site
However, these side effects are usually minimal when Botox is used for dermatological purposes. This is because Botox for wrinkle treatment requires much lower doses than when used to treat conditions like neck spasms or migraines.
The other potential risk associated with Botox is muscle damage due to malpractice. This could arise from a poorly placed needle, not enough time between treatments, a higher dose than necessary. Having your treatments performed by a licensed cosmetic dermatologist significantly reduces the risk of ill effects associated with Botox and makes the treatment a safe procedure.