The Risks of Botox

 In General

If you’ve ever wished you could erase those wrinkles, you might be considering Botox injections. Botox is a popular injectable treatment, but you need to be aware of its risks. The substance used is a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, which is the same substance that causes botulism and causes flaccid paralysis. It’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is why it is known as a toxin.

Although Botox is safe, it can cause side effects, and the risks aren’t increasing with each subsequent treatment. However, it’s best to get a medical professional’s advice and work with a licensed provider. The risks of Botox injections aren’t permanent and generally go away after about a month or two. In addition to a temporary side effect, Botox injections may cause serious health problems in some people, especially if you’re prone to contracting diseases or disorders.

While cosmetic Botox applications may be safer than therapeutic injections, they do carry some risk. As with any medical procedure, it’s best to consult a physician before choosing the procedure. Your doctor will determine which areas are safest for you and which are not. You should also tell your doctor if you’re pregnant, or breastfeeding. If you’ve had a previous Botox injection, you should stop taking the medication for a few days before the treatment.

If you are thinking about getting Botox and are in the Phoenix, Scottsdale or Chandler, AZ call our office for a Botox Consultation

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