Understanding the Risks of Botox Treatment

Botox and similar dermal filling rejuvenation solutions are known for their “magic” ability to drastically alter the looks of those undergoing the treatment. While the results can be fantastic, it often comes with a level of suspicion around the long term safety of the procedures. Is there a bad impact to the health and overall well-being and comfort of those who had Botox injections administered?

The core substance in Botox drug is botulinum toxin – one of the deadliest toxins on earth. It’s a fact well-known to pharmacists who make Botox solutions, as well as doctors who administer it to patients, so there are plenty of safety measures in place. The entire process of dilution and testing is tightly monitored, resulting in high level of safety recorded. As of 2016, no deaths due to Botox have been reported anywhere in the world.

There are cases of temporary and even permanent facial paralysis, but in most such cases the drug was not administered by a qualified dermatologist. The core problem – cosmeticians who aren’t healthcare professionals and lack medical education will often offer Botox treatment once they acquire the technique on their own – by Botoxing themselves or their friends who dare to. And after several treatments which led to relative success and without adverse effects to those who received it, they start marketing the newly acquired technique. Note that the fact someone knows how to administer a drug doesn’t make them a practitioner.

Actual practitioners start working after years of education in the high school and university or college, and later by several years of close co-working with experienced doctors. This way, they learn how to handle a vast majority of issues which can happen during or after the treatment.

First, they will always check every patient’s suitability for receiving Botox. Those who are unsuitable, which includes all pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as those with neuromuscular diseases and allergies will be turned down. Second, they will follow each patient’s state during the course of the treatment, especially if these are repeated occasions. Third, the clinical environment has suitable conditions for keeping the drug safe and sanitary for use.

One of possible adverse effects, which happen to patients attending actual dermatologists are allergies to one or more ingredients in the drug or neurological side effects. Botulinum toxin has only three ingredients: the core substance – botulinum toxin A, human plasma albumin and table salt. Few people are allergic to these, but rashes, pimples and bumps on the skin, as well as dizziness, blurred vision or slight loss of balance.

This is another good reason why you should opt for clinical treatment instead of receiving Botox in a non-medical cosmetic studio. If you have an urgent medical condition, it’s better to be surrounded by medical practitioners.

Finally, an average dermatologist is much more experienced and knowledgeable about human anatomy, and will make the entire treatment effect you better than a cosmetician who has little or no knowledge on how the entire process works. Some cosmetic studios also hire actual dermatologists. It’s a good and convenient option for the patients as well.