Botox: Is the Do-it-All Miracle Drug Really Safe?

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While many individuals would love to eliminate a few wrinkles and get smoother skin, some are still concerned about the safety of Botox.

This injectable has been an industry-leader for over 15 years and has undergone rigorous testing to gain FDA-approval.

However, most patients’ hesitation is often due to misconceptions or lack of accurate information.

So, here’s what you really need to know before getting the injections.

Is Botox a Poison?

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all neuromodulators that contain botulinum toxin type A, which is a purified neurotoxic protein taken from Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

This product arrives to your plastic surgeon’s office in a powder form and is diluted with saline to make it injectable. In the hands of a skilled injector, the treatment is extremely safe and effective.

What Happens to Your Face During Injection?

When injected into the forehead, crow’s feet, brow lines, or other parts of the face and body, Botox passes through the dermis to the muscle.

It then blocks nerve signals that cause muscles to contract and inhibits the facial movements that are responsible for unwanted lines and folds.

As a result, Botox can relax existing wrinkles and prevent future ones from forming.

Botox Produces a Localized Effect

Some patients wonder if the effects from their injections can extend beyond the treatment area. The answer is not really.

While it’s possible for the product to spread up to 3 mm, it will not produce any type of change to other parts of your body.

Additionally, although Botox works by paralyzing facial muscles, it does not cause loss of sensation or numbness, retaining feeling in all treated areas.

What Can Patients Expect After Their First Botox Treatment?

The injection site may be red with a slight bump that typically resolves within an hour. Bruising is possible, but not fairly common when the treatment is performed properly. 

For this reason, it’s extremely important to seek a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

It Takes a Few Days to See Results

Most patients note decreased facial movement and a smoothing of wrinkles and lines around 3-4 days post-injection.

These results typically last 4 months, at which time, a maintenance treatment is recommended.

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To learn more about safe and effective treatments with Botox in Virginia, please call our (540) 667-3223 to schedule a consultation today!