October 11, 2016

Botox Q&A: Is Botox Safe?

Are you considering getting Botox for the first time, and wondering about the safety of the procedure? At 8 West, we have nurse injectors who do wonderful work with our patients, ensuring both their comfort and safety at all times. Consider these points when wondering that common question: is Botox safe?

Is Botox safe?

Botox is anextremely safe medication that has been used in medicine for over 20 years with over 6 million treatments performed each year.Under the direction of facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, you're in very safe hands at 8 West, where we have over 20 years experience and have performed thousands of Botox and Dysport injections.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a neuromodulator which is injected to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and static wrinkles, and was initially used in the 1960s to treat neurological disorders.

In 1990, Health Canada approved Botox® for use in treating overactive eye muscles, then expanded to include treatment of acute muscular contractions in the neck and shoulder areas.

Botox is a purified protein that works by temporarily weakening the activity of the muscles that, when repeated over time, cause expression lines and wrinkles.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for Botox?

Botox can be used to treat dynamic or static wrinkles as well as fine lines around the eyes. Used for the treatment ofexisting wrinkles, botox also works as a preventative method to ensure the wrinkle does not deepen or get worse.You may be a candidate for botox if you are above the age of 25 and are experiencing expression lines that are bothering you. Some wrinkles that are commonly treated by botox include:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Fine lines around the eyes

What are the risks involved with Botox?

Botox is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced injector or doctor, and the most common side effects are simple bruising or swelling at the injection site.While rare, cosmetic complications can occur. If too much botox is used or if it is placed in the wrong muscle,patients could experience a temporary impairment of the facial muscle. Medical complications from botox are extremely rare.Are you interested in having botox to treat some of the wrinkles described above? Book your complimentary consultation with our experienced nurse injector, and have all of your questions answered before getting started.

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