Is Botox safe? Botox is arguably the world’s most popular and well-known injectable treatment for the temporary reduction of expression lines and dynamic wrinkles.
The substance used for this procedure is actually called Botulinum Toxin Type A, which is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium Botulinum, a largely inactive and non-toxic organism when found in the natural environment. However, if ingested in the form of Botulinum Toxin which causes Botulism, 1 gram could kill over 1 million people and 2 grams could kill the entire human population on Earth.
It’s no wonder therefore, that people could be worried about the safety of Botox injections.
Botox has been used in medicine for decades to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular spasms and bladder issues. It was during the treatment for muscle spasms in the face that it’s anti-ageing qualities were discovered.
Although Clostridium botulinum comes in several strains—eight serotypes A, B, C1, C2, D, E, F, and G; only serotypes A and B are used to create clinical preparations.
Botulinum toxin in a diluted form is injected in to the muscle and suffuses the nerve terminal and binds. This prevents the release of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter. Without acetylcholine, muscle activity stops.
This muscle paralysis is what smoothes expression lines and wrinkles and stops muscle spasms. Botox is effective as it ‘paralyzes’ the wrinkles temporarily – for around 120 days. Thousands of anti-wrinkle treatments are now performed worldwide every week.
Although Botulinum Toxin can be life-threatening, tiny does, such as those used in the injectable application of Botox for cosmetic purposes are considered safe. In fact only 36 cases of adverse effects associated with its cosmetic use have been reported between 1989 and 2003 in the US. It was also argued that in some of these cases, the patients were unwell prior to or during the treatment, which meant that it is not 100% proven that it was the Botox injections themselves that caused the side-effects, but prior or current illness in those patients.
Although Botox injections are considered safe, it is important that you select a medically qualified specialist who has had specific training in the administration of this treatment.
It’s important to be in a clinical setting and to be treated by someone who understands the anatomy of the face, how to mix, store and administer the product correctly and how to medically treat any unforeseen incidences during or after the treatment.
A medically-qualified doctor will also be able to advise you of the aftercare you will need to adhere to, following treatment.
Dr A is a fully-qualified medical practitioner who has been extensively trained and who is highly-experienced in delivering Botox injections. This coupled with his artistic eye and duty of care to his patients makes him one of the most skilled and ethical injectors in the UK.
Prior to any treatment, he will always conduct a no-obligation consultation prior to treatment, to qualify you for the procedure and discuss the results that you can expect to achieve with this popular and clinically-safe treatment.
To make your appointment with Dr A, contact the team online or by phone. We look forward to meeting you!