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Many of our new patients ask us if Botox is safe. In order to answer that question, we want to share a little bit about the history of Botox. Botox (onabotulinumtoxin A) was first used for medical purposes in 1989. Developed by Allergan, which was (and still is) a pharmaceutical company that develops treatments for eye issues, Botox was originally approved for the treatment of muscle spasms. That is because what Botox does is it relaxes the muscles into which it is injected. You may have seen advertisements touting the use of Botox for Migraines, eye concerns, or even bladder-control issues, and it works in all these cases by relaxing muscles.
Botox Cosmetic was approved in 2002, and since that time, it has become the number one cosmetic treatment in the world. Botox is approved for cosmetic uses in the upper face, so relaxing frown lines between the brows, smoothing wrinkles in the upper face, and preventing wrinkling in the crow’s feet area. People sometimes confuse Botox with Dermal fillers, which are used to add volume to the face (read more on our Botox vs. Fillers page). Botox relaxes the muscles that cause the expression that lead to wrinkling. A good Botox treament will leave you with some natural movement in the face. Looking frozen is not a good result!
It takes between 3-7 days for Botox to kick in, and we say full corrections is achieved at 14 days. If you feel like your results aren’t exactly what you wanted, give us a call and come in for a touch-up. It sometimes takes a treatment or two to get the exact dosing correct.
Botox results typically last between 3 and 4 months, depending on the strength of your facial muscles and the age of your skin. Older patients with less muscle tone may find that the Botox lasts for a shorter amount of time. In order to enhance the results of your treatment, we recommend good, medical grade skin care, and protecting your skin from sun damage.
Botox is a very well-tested, well-researched and widely used drug. Allergan reports patient satisfaction with Botox at 98%, which is an incredibly high number. In 2013 alone, over 5 million American received Botox treatments, and the number of Botox users only continues to grow. Since 2002, when Botox was approved for cosmetic purposes no long term adverse side effects have been reported. The most common side effect we see is some pinpoint bruising at the injection site. About once a year, we also hear about someone having a mild headache post treatment (though Botox also works incredibly well for treating headaches). It is also possible to have a eyelid or mouth droop after Botox injections. This is because Botox relaxes muscles. This is an unfortunate effect, but it does go away. All other reported side-effects, though rare, can be found on the drug package insert, or at: http://www.botox.com/
Doing It Right*
The best way to ensure you have a great Botox treatment is to have your injections done by a skilled, highly experiences physician. An experienced physician will best understand your facial anatomy and the muscles in your face, and will be able to give you the most exact does and precise placement of the Botox. A physician will also be able to treat you in the safest and most sterile environment and will be able to handle any complication that arises.
We recommend you receive your treatment in a physician’s office only, and that you check to be sure your provider is listed on the Allergan website using the “Find A Doctor” tool. This will ensure that the Botox you are receiving is manufactured only by Allergan, and is safe for usage. If you don’t see the name of your provider on the Find A Doctor listing, then you may want to think twice about using that provider.
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox treatments, please contact Sonata Aesthetics & Weight Loss, helping patients from Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Arvada and surrounding areas.
*Results may vary from patient to patient