Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe for the Body?
Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, & Peoria, AZ
Cosmetic treatments are broken into two broad categories: surgical and minimally-invasive procedures. By far, the most common cosmetic procedure requested in Phoenix, and the United States in general, is BOTOX® Cosmetic. Each year, more than 4.5 million injections are provided to help people like you look their best.
Every medical and pharmacological treatment comes with certain risks and complications, but it seems that BOTOX® Cosmetic receives an unfair share of criticism. When questioning whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is safe for the body, the numbers show that the risks of dangerous and especially life threatening complications is very small.
Each dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered using a small needle into the treatment area. The pain is minimal and goes away after just a few moments. If necessary, a small topical anesthesia may be applied prior to injection.
BOTOX® Cosmetic acts to paralyze the muscles of the face that cause creases, folds, and wrinkles in the face. The most common areas are:
- Glabellar lines (vertical lines between the brows)
- Furrows of the brow
- Crow's feet
The FDA regulates what uses may be advertised for all drugs, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, and has approved the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic for various medical treatments since 1989. Strict dosage guidelines are set to ensure your safety. The FDA does not regulate the administration of the product. Having BOTOX® Cosmetic administered by a qualified cosmetic surgeon greatly reduces the risks of any complications.
While every procedure has its risks, the complications from BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are generally limited to:
- Pain at injection site
- Paralysis of nearby muscles
Although there have been some deaths associated with BOTOX® treatments, none have ever been tied to the use of BOTOX® as a cosmetic treatment. With over 4 million applications per year, the chances of fatal complications are extremely low. If you experience any symptoms that you feel are related to your injections, let Dr. Angelchik know immediately.
Prior to treatment, a complete medical history is obtained and an examination is conducted to ensure that you are in good physical health. There are instances in which BOTOX® Cosmetic is not recommended such as:
- Motor neuropathy
- Cardiovascular disease
- Thick skin