Botox is one of the most sought-out cosmetic treatments in the world. Millions of injections are done every year with excellent results. It’s also been approved for medical and cosmetic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a process that involves rigorous clinical testing.

Despite all of this, misconceptions and confusion persist. Many people still wonder if Botox is safe and are still afraid to try this cosmetic treatment for themselves. Where does the fear of Botox come from?

Botox and Botulism

Botox is a neurotoxin treatment that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. This bacterium is known to cause botulism, a serious health condition. Because of this, many people worry that Botox carries the risk of creating this condition.

The truth is that a Botox injection contains an incredibly small amount of this toxin in much safer levels than what occurs in botulism. Because of this, it does not cause any sort of negative reaction in the body and is perfectly harmless.

Because Botox is a neurotoxin, it has been one of the most heavily scrutinized and studied products in the history of cosmetic treatments. In millions of treatments completed and studies conducted, it has performed incredibly well at all levels of safety and overall satisfaction among patients and physicians alike.

The Appearance of Botox’s Results

By just adding a tiny dose of Botox into the facial muscles, Botox can crease amazing results. It interacts with the nerves to relax stiff and contracted facial muscles. When the muscles relax, the skin relaxes, allowing frown lines, horizonal forehead lines, and crow’s feet disappear for a smooth and youthful look.

When performed properly, Botox’s results can appear quite natural and attractive. When patients seek quick fixes and bargain discounts with medical practitioners who are not qualified to administer such treatments properly, however, the results often turn out poorly.

Too much Botox in the wrong location can lead to the “frozen” look many people have seen in tabloids. Incorrectly administered Botox treatments can result in the Botox migrating to the levator, the muscle concerned with the tensing and relaxing of the eyelids. This can create to a feeling of heaviness in the eyelids.

Medical Properties of Botox

Botox is one of the most common anti-aging injections performed in the United States and the whole world over. Not only is it a safe treatment, it is incredibly versatile and can be used to treat many medical conditions. These include eye spasms, muscle stiffness, excess sweating, and migraines.

Contact Us for a Botox Consultation

People’s misconceptions of Botox revolve around the poorly understood science behind the procedure. This problem is compounded by poor administration of the injections. When authorized and trained cosmetic professionals are conducting the injections, there is nothing to fear.

Interested in achieving a vibrant and youthful look without having to undergo surgery? Botox is the perfect solution for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation today and begin your journey to the youthful look you’ve always wanted. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Thornton will be happy to help you find out more about this effective treatment.