If you are looking for a non-surgical age-defying anti-wrinkle treatment, botox is a highly effective choice. Botox can smooth forehead lines and wrinkles and restore a youthful, refreshed appearance. However, people considering botox are often concerned about its safety as a cosmetic treatment. So, is botox safe?
How botox works
Botox is typically used to address dynamic wrinkles formed by the repeated movement of the facial muscles. It works by blocking the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract. Blocking these signals prevents the muscles from contracting and as they relax, the wrinkles soften and become less visible. The effects of botox last 3-4 months.
Is Botox Safe
Botox is safe and has very few risks. Nevertheless, some patients may experience minor side-effects such as swelling and bruising after treatment, but these usually resolve within a few days.
Before botox started being used in the cosmetic industry, it was used successfully in ophthalmology to treat conditions such as eyelid spasms and strabismus.
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is the bacteria that can cause botulism (a type of food poisoning). Botox is a purified, diluted form of the toxin and is administered in very small doses, so it does not pose any danger when injected in this way.
Botox is one of the most researched non-surgical treatments on the market, and studies carried out confirm that botox is safe in experienced hands. Consequently, patients should only get botox treatment from a trained, experienced medical professional.
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