Fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging. If you have them and are looking for a non-surgical solution, Botox may be a good option. It can temporarily block the muscle signals that lead to fine lines and wrinkles and leave you with a smooth, youthful appearance. Many patients often ask our dermatologists, “Is Botox safe?” Keep reading to find out.
How Botox Works
Botox is a formula that is made of a botulinum toxin, a chemical that blocks muscular signals, weakens muscles, and stops them from contracting so you can look years younger. It’s a purified protein that does not contain any live bacteria. You can use Botox to treat dynamic wrinkles in your forehead, eye area, nose, and upper lip area that are caused by repeated facial expressions.
Since Botox has been approved by the FDA since 2002, it is known as one of the most tested and safest drugs on the market. Believe it or not, more than 3.5 million Botox injections are performed in the United States each year. As long as Botox is performed by a trained dermatologist, there’s no need to be concerned about its effectiveness or safety.
Botox is so safe that some neurologists use it to treat migraine headaches that are caused by muscle movements. It’s also used by other doctors to treat excessive sweating as well as some bladder and bowel disorders.
Good Candidates for Botox
If you’re in search of a way to diminish the appearance of wrinkles without surgery, you may be a good candidate for Botox. Since Botox does not require allergy tests like other injectables, you’ll benefit from this treatment as long as you’re in reasonably good health.
Although most people associate Botox with middle-aged and older men and women, it can be a good option if you’re a younger patient who would like to stop wrinkles from popping up in the first place.
We do not recommend Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, our dermatologists discourage patients who are living with neuromuscular diseases or taking aminoglycoside medications from this treatment.