Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved drug comprised of Botulinum toxin used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Many people looking to dramatically improve their appearance wonder if BOTOX® Cosmetic is a toxin, and if it is safe to inject into your skin. Here are some facts about BOTOX, and why it is considered safe for most patients.

What are the intended uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic? BOTOX® Cosmetic was originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of eye muscle spasms, but was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. BOTOX is most commonly used to eliminate lines in the forehead, crow’s feet (the fine lines that develop at the outer corner of the eye) and frown lines.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic erase wrinkles? BOTOX actually works to paralyze muscles where it is injected. For example, worry lines across the forehead are result of muscles contracting. If muscles can no longer contract, then wrinkles and fine lines are no longer visible in the area.

Who can get BOTOX® Cosmetic injections? In the United States, anyone over the age of 18 who is in good physical health and not pregnant or nursing can receive BOTOX injections. Patients should have realistic expectations as explained by their doctor.

What health care professionals can give BOTOX® Cosmetic injections? BOOX can be administered by any health care professional, including nurses under the supervision of a physician. “Supervision,” can be a blurred term, and often simply indicates that a doctor is in the same building at the time of the injections. It is best to see a dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic procedures for BOTOX® Cosmetic injections because they spend lengthy amounts of time in rigorous training focused on skin. It is always best to see medical professionals who are specialized and have years of experience when it comes to any procedure or health issue.

What are the risks and side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic? As with any injection, there are associated risks. Some of the most common side effects are bruising, swelling and unevenness at the injection site. More extreme (and rare) complications include the injection spreading past its intended area and causing paralysis to other muscles of the body.


BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments in Grosse Pointe

To learn more about BOTOX® or other injectables offered by Dr. Balle, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Grosse Pointe, and you can reach us at (313) 886-2000. We look forward to serving you.

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