Botox® has had a varied reputation over the years. From the initial health scares when Botox® was first introduced as a cosmetic treatment, most people now accept that Botox® is a safe way to treat wrinkles. If you have any lingering concerns about the safety of Botox®, let us put your mind at ease:
Botox® for medical conditions
Years before Botox® was used for cosmetic treatments, it was originally used in the medical profession to treat muscle spasms, eyelid tics and underarm sweating. At Austin Brewer, we also use Botox® to treat Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
A long history of Botox® safety
Despite media scares and word-of-mouth rumours, Botox® has a long and safe history. According to a 2005 study, there have only been 36 cases of adverse effects to Botox® from 1989 to 2003, and 13 of those patients had previous medical conditions that may have caused the issues. The treatment has been approved as safe by governmental regulation bodies in over 80 countries across the globe.
Minor side effects
Botox® can have minor side effects for a small minority of people. These include a slight bruising or skin discolouration.
Find a reputable aesthetic practitioner
Although Botox® is now commonplace, it is important to remember that Botox® is a prescription-only product. Botox® injections should only ever be prescribed and performed by a qualified aesthetic practitioner, doctor, nurse, dentist or healthcare professional. If you are considering Botox, or any other Botox® treatment, take time to find a trustworthy and reputable aesthetic practitioner such as Austin Brewer.
Book a skin consultation first
Always have a face-to-face skin consultation before using Botox®. Discuss with your practitioner your medical history and the reasons you would like the treatment. Your practitioner should discuss how the treatment works and any minor side effects that may occur.