BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments currently on the aesthetic market. BOTOX® was featured in Times Magazine this month and Times stated that in the 28 years BOTOX® has been approved, 12.2 billion doses have been administered. BOTOX® is featured as the drug that is treating everything. It is currently used on and off label for cosmetic use and to treat a variety of medical conditions such as migraines, excessive sweating, depression and even back pain. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied medical aesthetic treatments. There are over 400 clinical articles in scientific and medical journals about BOTOX®’s safety and effectiveness as well as clinical trials completed by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. However, patients still ask us, “Is BOTOX® safe?” We are here to answer some frequently asked questions about BOTOX® safety and effectiveness.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine, a purified protein, which is injected into muscles to temporarily improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. It is often used off label for other cosmetic uses to soften forehead lines and more. The treatment is performed with a very fine needle for optimal comfort and only takes a couple of minutes. BOTOX® Cosmetic will take effect over the next 7-14 days after treatment with results lasting on average 3-4 months. When BOTOX® wears off often the area treated often appears more improved then it did prior to starting BOTOX® since the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles have been in a relaxed state. For that very reason many people start BOTOX® in their 20’s and 30’s as preventative treatment.
Will it look natural?
Key to having a beautiful and natural result to any procedure including BOTOX® is having an experienced provider. An experienced injector will be able to evaluate their patient to discuss an optimal treatment plan for their specific goals and natural anatomy. BOTOX® is not meant to take away expression, but simply relax the muscles and provide a softer appearance to frown and smile lines. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is also in the top 2% of volume in the country for injectables through Allergan.
Is BOTOX® safe?
It is important to discuss your previous and current health history with your physician to make sure you are a good candidate to receive BOTOX® injections. While serious side effects are possible they are rare and side effects are often mild. Most experts agree BOTOX® is safe when used correctly. There has never been a confirmed case of a serious spread of toxin effects from using the indicated dose of BOTOX® for cosmetic treatment. You should ask your physician to review possible risks and side effects with you before your treatment. Post care instructions should also be provided at the time of treatment to ensure optimal results.
Interested in BOTOX® in North Chicago?
If you are concerned with fine lines and wrinkles in between the eyebrows, around the eyes or on the forehead, BOTOX® may be the perfect treatment to address your concerns and prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper. BOTOX® is one of the most clinically studied aesthetic medications in regards to safety and efficacy. Is BOTOX® safe and effective? In regards to a beautiful and natural result, it is important to see an experienced injector to ensure the best possible outcome. We offer complimentary consultations for BOTOX® at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL. Contact us for a BOTOX® consultation today.