Botox injections are the safest type of cosmetic procedure that can be performed in the United States. Botox injections do not cause the same long-term side effects as some other cosmetic procedures. These injections have been approved by the FDA and the American Academy of Dermatology as safe and effective.
Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin protein produced by the organism Clostridium botulinum and related species, is injected into the muscular junctures of the neuromuscular system to stop the release of acetylcholine. The neurotoxin causes flaccid paralysis of muscles, thereby causing paralytic erythema, often described as the “pins and needles” sensation. Infection of this organism causes the condition botulism.
An injection of botulinum toxin results in a temporary paralysis of facial muscles, sometimes referred to as a “zipper” effect, with a consequent tightening of the skin in the area affected. This tightening of the skin is a result of the chemical interaction between the paralyzing toxin and the chemicals present in the collagen and elastin of the skin. There is an increased production of the muscle fibers and the collagen fibers that line the facial muscles. This increase in collagen fibers helps to reduce wrinkles and lines and reduce the appearance of sagging skin.
Another advantage of Botox injections according to Tacoma plastic surgeon Dr Michael Cohen is that they do not produce scarring. This is true for most forms of cosmetic surgery, including liposuction. The only exception is a scar that forms in the area where the Botox injection was given. This is not because of an injection-related complication; rather, the scar is due to the collagen and elastin that are removed by surgery during the treatment process.
As mentioned above, Botox injections do not produce any scarring. It should be noted, however, that even though Botox has no effect on the collagen and elastin in the skin, it can damage these proteins if they remain intact for an extended period of time.
It is important to remember that there is absolutely no danger of an overdose of Botox toxin. And the risk of complications is extremely low. That is, there is no way that a Botox dose could cause botulism or the other serious conditions that occur from prolonged exposure to this paralyzing toxin. Since the Botox injections are made from botulinum toxin, you will never overdose on this substance.
The FDA has approved Botox as a treatment for muscle spasms, migraine headaches, and excessive sweating. However, no medical studies have been conducted on whether Botox could be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Many of the users who have used Botox for the purposes of cosmetic enhancement have had positive results and reported that their new firm, youthful appearance has occurred within a few weeks of beginning their Botox treatments. If you are interested in obtaining Botox treatment for the purpose of improving your appearance, you should speak to your local cosmetic surgeon for advice.
Botox is one of the safest ways to achieve the desired effect. However, if you are considering Botox for cosmetic purposes, be sure to speak with your doctor about your specific needs.