Is Botox Dangerous

Are you considering botox, but wonder if it’s really as safe as they say?  Botox has been the number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment for several years, but many people interested in the procedure still ask the question –  Is botox dangerous.

How botox works

Botox is an injectable cosmetic that is made of botulinum type A.  It is a neuromodulator that works by blocking the signals the nerves normally send out to tell the muscles to contract.  When the muscles are unable to contract, wrinkles in the overlying skin soften over time (click here to learn more).

Is botox dangerous?

When used for cosmetic purposes, botox is generally quite safe, as it is administered in very small doses.  In addition, safety studies carried out have concluded that botox is safe and effective.   However, there are risks with any type of procedure, so botox must be injected in the correct dosage and at the right location, so as to minimize unwanted side-effects.

Botox works by blocking the neurotransmitters that cause the muscles to relax, so if the drug is injected into the wrong muscle, it could lead to serious complications.

Also, the makers of botox warn that the drug could migrate from the injection site, resulting in symptoms such as droopy eyelids, blurry vision, and muscle weakness.  They also highlight that muscle weakness can lead to difficulty breathing, speaking, and swallowing.

As a result of the foregoing, botox seekers are advised to get botox treatment only from a skilled, experienced injector, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Would you like to learn more about botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Torrance and South Bay, CA, areas, Awaken Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (310) 791-2233.

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