Is Botox Safe for Me?
It Starts With a ConsultationThe safety of any medical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, varies patient to patient. Botox is recognized as a safe injectable, and it has a longstanding history dating back to the 1980s when both men and women became obsessed with its anti-aging benefits. It isn’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. While no studies have indicated an increased risk for such patients, specialists prefer to be cautious. During an initial consultation, your provider will determine if you are a good candidate based on your medical history and desired results.
Isn’t Botox a Toxin?You may have seen some online articles identifying Botox injections as toxic or poisonous. Here are the facts:
- Botox is an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin type A.
- Botulinum is the same toxin that causes botulism, a life-threatening form of food poisoning. However, this results from large amounts of toxin.
- When injected in small, targeted doses, this toxin is safe to use. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting, thus reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- Botox is technically a neurotoxin, but studies show regular treatments can do more than produce desired cosmetic results. Regular treatments with the neurotoxin can potentially enhance mood, fight depression and anxiety, and even decrease headaches, but research and evidence of these possible benefits is limited.