BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved procedure and one of the safest cosmetic treatments currently available. Data collected between 1989 and 2003 indicate that only 36 people experienced adverse effects after receiving botulism toxin injections. Furthermore, thirteen of those cases related to underlying conditions, not the compound itself.
BOTOX® Cosmetic uses a bacteria-produced compound called botulism toxin that disables muscles by blocking nerve impulse transmission. Patients receive microscopic quantities of the substance suspended in a delivery serum to help improve complexion. Patients typically use BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce frown lines, wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), and lines around the nose and mouth. But, interestingly, it also has broader uses, including tackling involuntary eye twitching, chronic migraine, lazy eye, and neck spasms.
BOTOX® Cosmetic doesn’t change or alter the skin. Neither does it plump the fat padding beneath the various layers of the dermis. Instead, it inactivates facial muscles, helping them to relax, reducing the appearance of frown lines.
Safety of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Researchers consider BOTOX® Cosmetic one of the safest cosmetic interventions available. While high doses of botulism toxin can cause paralysis and death, Dr. Greenberg and his team only apply the compound in microscopic quantities to your face – enough to deactivate wrinkle-causing muscles, but not enough to cause you harm.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved remedy and is the most common cosmetic procedure in the world. Clinicians worldwide carry out millions of treatments with the toxin every year. The number of adverse reactions as a percentage of the total number of procedures is vanishingly small. The USDA reports that there were only 36 cases of adverse side effects associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic between 1989 and 2003 in the US, making it safer than practically any medical intervention.
Having said that, there are still risks if you get somebody who is not qualified to carry out the treatment. Less experienced clinicians may make mistakes.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may produce some minor side effects in a minority of patients. These include things like pain and swelling around the injection site, fever, chills, and headache.
While BOTOX® Cosmetic is a very safe treatment by historical standards, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or any other neuromuscular disorder, you should consult with Dr. Greenberg and the team at Winter Park Plastic Surgery first. Additionally, you should not seek BOTOX® Cosmetic if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or have reacted to any other botulism toxin product in the past.
Good candidates for treatment are people who want to reduce the appearance of creases on their foreheads, lines between their brows, and wrinkles around the eyes.
“I have been a patient of Doctor Greenberg since 2003. I have had minor facial surgery along with fillers and Botox and have always been pleased with results. The staff are professional and caring and always make me feel like family. Great practice!” *