Chances are you have heard a great deal about Botox or maybe even known someone who has had an “afternoon” lift or even been to a Botox party.
But, there seems to be a lot of conflicting reports in the media and in online communities. So, what is the truth? Is Botox Safe to use? Does it live up to the hype? We will present the facts and you can decide for yourself.
At this stage, it may help to understand exactly what Botox is and what it is intended to accomplish.
According to Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, “BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).” Basically it is an injected filler designed to improve facial appearance by tightening the skin in selected areas. A Botox treatment is meant to have temporary effects without the traumatic recovery of a full facelift. Generally, people will get a Botox treatment to reduce aging wrinkles right before a major life event such as marriage or a class reunion.
With any drug, there may be some unintended side effects. So, what might be the risks? Botox is actually a toxin and sometime the body’s natural immune system may rebel against it. Some of the risks associated with Botox include spread of the toxin to other parts of the body as well as difficulty breathing or swallowing. According to Allergan, patients receiving a Botox treatment may also have an allergic reaction and experience symptoms such as “itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint.” Many of these symptoms are immediate and your plastic surgeon should be immediately notified.
Botox is FDA Approved
It is important to note, however, that Botox is an FDA approved drug and “There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines.” Millions of people have been treated with Botox to great effect and look younger and feel better for it.