Is Botox Safe?: Easily Understanding Botox


Is Botox Safe?: Easily Understanding Botox

September 8, 2021

If you’re pursuing this article, odds are, you’ve heard of Botox injections. And while Botox is an incredibly common treatment, there are a ton of misconceptions out there as to whether or not this non-invasive treatment is safe. In this article, we take a look at what this popular injectable treatment does, how it works, and whether or not you should really be injecting it into your lines and wrinkles. Keep reading to learn more!

What does Botox do?

Have you considered getting Botox injections to fill your lines and wrinkles? While Botox is now largely used as a preventative measure, it can effectively be used to smooth out facial wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, this is the primary FDA-approved purpose of Botox injections.

Dundee Dermatology breaks down how this popular treatment works after being injected:
“There are certain kinds of wrinkles in the face that are caused by muscles naturally working and tensing up over the years. We commonly call these ‘dynamic’ wrinkles, and they start to develop as we get older. Botox treatments were devised to relax those particular facial muscles to counteract these wrinkles from forming. It is a nonsurgical treatment that actively works to block nerve impulses. This helps decrease the activities in the muscles that lead to frown lines and other wrinkles.”

Is Botox safe?

Botox is an injectable drug that is made from botulinum toxin type A. The toxic nature of this drug has left many wondering whether or not Botox is safe, and has even deterred many from considering Botox treatments in the first place. However, Botox is in fact considered safe - as long as it is administered by a licensed and experienced professional. 

Pinnacle Dermatology tells us more on whether or not this popular injectable is considered safe for our health:
“The myth usually comes in at number one on everyone’s list of why they’d rather live with wrinkles than try Botox. And to a certain degree, Botox can be dangerous if not administered by an individual who has the appropriate training and experience to perform this delicate procedure. So, yes, it’s true that botulinum toxin can be dangerous in large doses or in the hands of an amateur injector. However, professional Botox injections come in much smaller doses, and when performed by a professional, the procedure is both safe and effective.”

Will Botox make my face go numb?

Another common misconception about Botox is that it will make your face go numb once administered. While Botox will block nerve impulses to decrease the activities in targeted muscles, that does not mean that you will lose feeling in your face.

Plastic Surgeon Norman Rowe explains why Botox will not make your face go numb on Allure:
"You may say, 'Why is it that I'm injecting myself, but it doesn't block my feeling? I can feel it when I touch my face, though.' But that's because there are two different types of nerves in the body," Rowe tells SELF. "One type makes motion, and ones that give you feeling. Botox only blocks the synapses of the former kind," he says.”

I’m Ashley Mills, a Registered Practical Nurse & Certified Cosmetic Injector. I started LYFT Medical Aesthetics in Collingwood, ON to help make injectable cosmetic treatments accessible to a wider audience. Contact us to book your free consultation today!