Everyone wants a quick and easy way to reverse time, and the signs of aging, on their skin. In the late 1990s, Botox was introduced to the public as a safe and effective way to bring your skin back in time and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox is an injectable medication made from botulinum type A. This is a toxin produced by bacteria. In large quantities, this kind of bacteria can cause botulism. However, the botulinum in Botox is administered in small and controlled doses, making it safe and effective.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox can reduce or remove wrinkles in the skin by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that lay underneath. Botox targets the nervous system and disrupts the signals in the system that tell a muscle to contract. Botox inhibits the release of acetylcholine, which stops muscle cells from being able to contract therefore reducing wrinkles.
The Risks of Botox
Though Botox injections can sound scary, they are quite safe. There have only been 36 cases of adverse effects after receiving Botox for cosmetic purposes in the U.S since 1989.
Of these rare adverse effects, those commonly seen are:
- Misplaced paralysis, i.e. the Botox injection was applied to the wrong muscle group or was spread to the wrong muscle group by not complying with aftercare instructions. This can cause an unwanted cosmetic effect.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- In very rare cases, an allergic reaction to Botox is possible. Providers who administer Botox often keep an antidote on hand which can be injected to reverse the effects of an allergic reaction immediately.
For most, Botox is safe, and the person walks away from their appointment with only slight swelling or bruising which should last under three days. In rare cases, adverse side effects like the ones listed above can be experienced.
For most of the population, Botox injections are safe and effective. A very small percentage of people who get Botox experience serious side effects. However, it’s always important to consider the risk.
Your Botox provider should run through your medical history and current conditions before the procedure. This gives them an idea if you are more likely to have an adverse reaction, due to current medications or conditions you have.
Above all, it’s important to qualify that your Botox provider is knowledgeable, sanitary, and certified to give these injections. By visiting a reputable provider, you are in good hands.
After all, Botox injections only remain potent for 2-4 months, depending on your metabolism. So, if you experience an undesired aesthetic look or misplaced paralysis, it will fade after a few months.
Botox is a safe and effective FDA-approved esthetic treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. Botox gives people self-confidence by rejuvenating their skin to look younger and healthier. Though rare, adverse effects can happen. Visiting a reputable Botox provider will ensure you have a safe and pleasant experience.